Voices from all across the United States are speaking up for the protection of clean water. Check out what these business owners, faith leaders, and others have to say this month about the importance of clean water.

Businesses depend on strong clean water rules – Chicago Tribune, 10/1

“Still, it might seem odd to have businesses going to the mat for government regulation — until you think about how important water is to us. Businesses need clean water to operate, whether for irrigation, production, tourism or so many other sectors. For sectors such as agriculture, tourism or even high-tech manufacturing, water is a basic input into their products.”

Lawmakers shouldn’t stand in the way of clean water – Des Moines Register, 10/1

“Despite its importance to our community, right now the Des Moines River is far too polluted. Loopholes in the Clean Water Act have left 62 percent of Iowa’s streams vulnerable to pollution, including many that feed and clean the Des Moines River.”

Protecting Illinois’ waterways – Chicago Tribune, 9/4

“Our waterways are a huge part of how we enjoy summers in Illinois. I know I can’t get through summer without a few weekends at the beach, cooling down in the waters of Lake Michigan. And I’m not alone. In fact, more than 38 million people visit parks in Illinois that feature waterways each year.”

Clean Water Act changes crucial for Maine – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, 9/14

“As I grow more familiar with the politics here, I become fearful that Maine’s lakes and rivers, beautiful cornerstones of what makes Maine not only a popular tourist destination during the summer months, but also an enormous draw for me in terms of putting down roots here in Maine, are at risk.”

Blessings to pope, EPA for treating water like the godsend it is – Portland Press Herald, 9/12

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule recently took effect in Maine and 36 other states across the country. As a religious leader, I applaud this step toward cleaner and healthier water for communities in Maine and for people all across the country. We should protect our water sources today to ensure access tomorrow not only for ourselves, but also for future generations.”

Maine’s waterways need federal protection. We need to ensure they get it. – Bangor Daily News, 9/9

“We should be doing everything we can to further protect our waterways and make sure Casco Bay remains at least as healthy as it is today. But far too many of the streams and wetlands that flow into Casco Bay, along with more than half (55 percent) of the streams that crisscross our state, did not have guaranteed protections under the Clean Water Act until very recently.”

Letter: Support Clean Water Rule to restore Minnesota’s waterways – Grand Forks Herald, 9/4

“Six and a half years after Minnesota began collecting data on water quality, Minnesota leads the nation in its knowledge of the sources of water pollution. But despite this knowledge, 50 percent or more of the lakes in southern Minnesota remain too polluted for fishing and swimming.”

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