Clean water is vital to our ecosystems, our health and our quality of life. Unfortunately inadequate protections and lax enforcement still leave far too many of our rivers, lakes and streams vulnerable to pollution. Areas of the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes have dead zones which no longer support aquatic life, and thousands of incidents of illegal pollution have gone unpunished.
This pollution can put the drinking water for millions of Americans at risk. To make matters worse, our drinking water frequently travels through pipes and fixtures that contain lead, a potent neurotoxin, which threatens healthy brain development. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 24 million children are at risk from lead contamination.
To protect our waterways, create healthy ecosystems and ensure clean drinking water for everyone we need to strengthen, not weaken, clean water laws, tighten pollution permits, and hold polluters accountable when they violate the law. And we need our leader here, and in Washington, to make critical investments in clean water infrastructure.
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Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney, Environment America
Executive Director, Environment Texas
State Director, Alaska Environment Action
Water and Conservation Advocate, PennEnvironment