Voices from all across the United States are speaking up for the protection of clean water. Check out what these sportsmen, craft brewers, farmers, and small business owners have to say about why water is important for each of them.

Clean water is the cornerstone of Maine’s economy – Bangor Daily News, 6/22/15

“For nearly 70 years I have enjoyed the beauty of Maine’s outdoors, from the majestic Down East lakes to the remote ponds, streams and rivers throughout our western mountains and North Woods. As a sportsman and proud Mainer, access to our state’s public lands and waters is critical to our way of life.”

As a local craft brewer, I support the EPA’s new Clean Water Rule – New Hampshire Union Leader, 6/18/15

“The Clean Water Rule is good news for both brewers and the communities we serve. Beer, after all, is more than 90 percent water, and if our source of water is at risk, so is our business. New Hampshire’s breweries contribute millions of dollars to our state’s economy and support thousands of jobs, and all of us are dependent on a clean, reliable water supply.”

New rule safeguards Clean Water Act – The Denver Post, 6/17/15

“For nearly 15 years, 10,000 miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands in Colorado have been at greater risk of being polluted or destroyed due to confusion over what bodies of water are protected under the Clean Water Act. That all changed last week thanks to a new rule from the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that restores protections to the vital waters that provide habitat for fish and wildlife and safe drinking water to two out of three Coloradans.”

Pennsylvania’s drinking water needs Clean Water Rule – Lancaster News, 6/17/15

“In Pennsylvania alone, more than 8 million residents depend on drinking water that is vulnerable to pollution. The sources of that water — small streams and wetlands that filter water, recharge groundwater supplies and provide flood protection — would be protected by this rule. The Clean Water Rule would extend CWA protection to 50,000 acres of Pennsylvania wetlands that are now exempt, thus making it the biggest step forward for clean water in many years.”

Our way of life depends on clean water – St. Cloud Times, 6/13/15

“In late May the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a new rule that will better protect drinking water supplies for St. Cloud, Central Minnesota and all across the state.”

Clean Water Rule is good for New Mexico – Santa Fe New Mexican, 6/13

“New Mexicans fish, bird-watch, and hike along our waterways all year long. But we welcome the warm weather by adding picnics, grilling and paddling. Not only do we enjoy our rivers and streams for recreation, but more than 280,000 New Mexicans rely on them for clean drinking water.”

Let’s protect the source of our clean water – The Denver Post, 6/12/15

“We come from different sides of the Continental Divide in Colorado, but both of us have chosen to live in headwaters counties. Living here in the mountains, we’ve come to appreciate the source of what’s special about Colorado-its pristine headwaters.”

Clean Water Rule is a win for health in Michigan – The Detroit News, 6/4/15

“All communities need clean water. The Clean Water Rule, which the Environmental Protection Agency just released, restores protections to waters that have been weakened by court decisions. Unfortunately, the rule is under attack by interests who fail to see how clean water is linked to communities’ overall well-being.”

Cleaner waters upstream – The Baltimore Sun, 6/1/15

“Flowing water doesn’t respect state boundaries. It will keep moving from puddle to ditch to creek to stream to river without the slightest concern for whether it’s in the upper reaches of the Mississippi in Minnesota or far downstream in the Louisiana Delta. Pollution moves right along with it, so while states can exercise authority to regulate their own waters, the ultimate responsibility for protecting public health and clean water falls to the federal government.”

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