Senators Support Clean Water Act Rulemaking

"We are encouraged by the continued support for the current rulemaking process that will ultimately result in better protections for America's waters."

07-31-2014 // Lacey McCormick
yosemite meadow and stream

This afternoon, Senator Debbie Stabenow and 12 other senators sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture supporting the current rulemaking process to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act and encouraging constructive use of this process to clarify matters of concern to the agricultural industry.

Three of the National Wildlife Federation’s state affiliates thanked the senators for their support of the rule and its extended public comment opportunity:

Amy Trotter, Resource Policy Manager, Michigan United Conservation Clubs: “The public comment process is the best venue to clarify any agricultural concerns about the proposed rule. Fish and wildlife depend on clean water, so we're encouraged that Senator Stabenow is asking for clarification within the current process.”

Tim Gestwicki, Chief Executive Officer, North Caroline Wildlife Federation: “Clean water is critical for North Carolina’s fish and wildlife and for the state’s 1.6 million hunters and anglers. We are encouraged by Senator Hagan’s continued support for the current rulemaking process that will ultimately result in better protections for America’s waters.”

Jacob Powell, Executive Director, Virginia Conservation Network: “More than two million Virginians get their drinking water from streams that are currently at risk of losing Clean Water Act safeguards. We are delighted that Senator Warner has committed to supporting the public rulemaking process that will help keep our drinking water safe and our wildlife habitats healthy for generations to come."

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