What's at risk? More than half of America’s streams

Over the past decade, polluters and irresponsible developers have used the courts to put Clean Water Act protections in legal limbo, arguing that the law doesn’t cover the smaller streams and wetlands that feed and clean America’s great waters.

Right now, nearly 60 percent of America’s streams and 20 million of acres of wetlands are vulnerable to pollution and development, putting the drinking water for 117 million Americans at risk. Polluters can dump into streams, developers can pave over wetlands to build strip malls, and the cops on the environmental beat can’t do a thing about it.

On the verge of the biggest clean water victory in decades

This fall, the Obama administration took first steps to close the Clean Water Act loopholes and protect our waters. This is big news—we’re closer than ever to victory. But Big Ag and developers will be using all their power and resources to bring this progress to a standstill. To get these critical protections over the finish line, we’ll need to show President Obama that the American public overwhelmingly supports clean water.

Our plan to defend our rivers and streams

It is clear that if polluters win, our rivers and streams lose. And we know that we can’t compete with their lobbyists dollar for dollar. But the public is with us—and if we can prove that to our elected officials, we can win. That's why we’re bringing together Americans from all walks of life to protect our waterways. From farmers to scientists, from local officials to ordinary families, we all have a stake in keeping our water clean. 

Our citizen outreach staff has been knocking on doors across the nation, educating Americans about what’s at stake. So far, we've delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water.

But if we’re going to drown out the opposition and convince President Obama and the EPA to finalize a rule and protect our waters, we can’t let the momentum falter. Right now, we need everyone who cares about America’s waterways to get involved. Join our campaign by sending the EPA a message today.



Clean Water Updates

News Release | Environment America

U.S. House casts 220th anti-environmental vote

Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House approved two packages of environmental rollbacks, H.R. 2 and H.R. 4. Added to last week’s vote to block clean water safeguards, the move marks the 220th vote of this Congress against air and water protections. Environment America’s Anna Aurilio issued the following statement in response.

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. House blocks protections for 2 million miles of streams

Washington, DC - Two million miles of rivers and streams across the country could remain vulnerable to development and pollution, under a bill that won approval today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The waters affected help provide drinking water to 117 million Americans.

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News Release | Environment America

Across America, local waterways key to summer fun

From the Hudson River, to the Great Lakes, to San Francisco Bay, waterways across the country draw tens of millions of visitors each year, according to Environment America’s new state-by-state Summer Fun Index. The new fact sheets come as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for more than half of the nation’s rivers and streams.

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Environment Ohio Statement on Toledo Drinking Water Contamination

As Toledo recovered today from contamination of its drinking water, Environment Ohio’s Christian Adams released the following statement:

This weekend, contamination by toxic algae meant that nearly half a million people in the Toledo area could not use their own tap water for drinking, bathing, or cooking. As residents recover from this crisis, one thing is clear: If we want safe drinking water, we must ensure that all of Ohio’s waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.

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News Release | Environment America

206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into America’s Waterways

WASHINGTON, DC – From the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Puget Sound, industrial facilities dumped more than 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways in 2012, according to a new report by Environment America Research and Policy Center. The “Wasting Our Waterways” report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to 2 million miles of critical waterways across the nation – a move bitterly opposed by the lobbyists for corporate agribusiness, including the American Farm Bureau. 

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