Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for millions of Americans. We swim at a favorite beach, fish in a nearby creek, sail or kayak on the bay, or simply hike along a beautiful lake or stream. In short, the summer reminds us that America’s waterways are vital to our quality of life. We should be doing everything we can to protect them.
As the summer draws to a close, Environment America Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities. And this year, we have a special reason to celebrate: on August 28th, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Water Rule goes into effect—helping to ensure that all our waters are safe for swimming and fishing by restoring Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways across the country.