Congress Should Not Play Politics With America's Waters

"In most voters’ eyes, clean water is right up there with motherhood and apple pie."

07-16-2014 // Lacey McCormick

Minnesota River

Adam Kolton, Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s National Advocacy Center, today called on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee not to interfere with the public’s ability to comment on a rulemaking process to clarify which streams and wetlands should be protected by the Clean Water Act:

"Clean water and healthy rivers are fundamental to the American way of life. Poll after poll shows that overwhelming majorities of Americans want the government to ensure fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters  In most voters’ eyes, clean water is right up there with motherhood and apple pie.

"Members of Congress need to take the time to listen to all their constituents—not just the ones who stand to benefit from destroying our wetlands or polluting our streams. Comments from the public will help improve the rule, while simply cutting off debate and leaving these waters unprotected would be irresponsible. 

"Every single American who likes to hunt, fish, swim or just get clean water from the tap needs to pick up the phone and tell their members of Congress to support EPA efforts to restore basic clean water protections to millions of acres of wetlands and streams across the country. 

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