More than 115,000 Americans support the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rulemaking to Protect Clean Water

"We are glad that EPA has restarted this stalled process and urge the Agency to release the proposed rule quickly."

11-06-2013 // Lacey McCormick

Fall colors at Lake Michigan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to close gaps in the Clean Water Act that have left the drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans vulnerable to pollution and destruction. In September, EPA submitted a rule to ensure protections for nearly 20 million acres of wetlands and half of the nation’s streams for intra-agency review. EPA also released a groundbreaking scientific report that confirms what Americans have long known - our waterways are connected. Today, a coalition of environmental and wildlife advocates announced that more than 115,000 Americans have submitted comments  in support of EPA’s science report and the pending rule to protect vital parts of our water infrastructure.  

The comment period closes today and the groups released this statement:

"More than 115,000 people have told EPA that it’s time to protect the small streams and wetlands that feed drinking water sources for more than one third of all Americans while filtering pollutants, supporting  fish and wildlife, and protecting communities from flood waters. For too long these vital water bodies have been without Clean Water Act protection and have been at risk of contamination.  We are glad that EPA has restarted this stalled process and urge the Agency to release the proposed rule quickly.

It’s no surprise that so many have come out in support of EPA’s landmark report, our drinking water, and our precious waterways. In 2011, the Administration received 230,000 public comments on draft policy guidelines, more than 90 percent of which were in strong support of closing gaps in the Clean Water Act. Opinion polls consistently show that clean water is a top priority for Americans across the political and socioeconomic spectrum.

Our groups represent millions of Americans. We are ready to mobilize each and every one of them to support a rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to waterways across the country. We will let the Administration know that we plan to hold them accountable to the millions of people who believe that it’s time to protect small streams and wetlands across the country."

You can also read another letter in support of the science report, signed by more than 180 environmental and wildlife groups, here.