Protect the Waters of the U.S.
Dear EPA and Army Corps of Engineers:
Please withdraw your proposal to gut federal protections for waters of the U.S.
On behalf of our millions of customers, members, and supporters, we ask that you keep the value of our water and the business it generates in mind and withdraw your proposal to eliminate federal protection for waterways across the country.
Right now, our nation needs more clean water protections that safeguard our waters, not less. We need a Clean Water Act that protects all wetlands and streams our companies and customers rely on. The science has never been clearer in showing why it’s so important to all our waters. Small headwater and ephemeral streams feed rivers and lakes with the water Americans drink. Wetlands stop flooding by soaking up excess water, prevent algal blooms by filtering pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus, and provide homes for fish, birds and other wildlife. By keeping these upriver waters clean and clear, downriver waters are protected from the pollution that doesn’t aggregate upstream.
Even with current protections, our waters are still impaired. Aging water infrastructure leads to sewer overflows contaminating near-shore areas along the nation’s coasts impacting tourism dollars. Agricultural runoff leads to water quality problems as the nutrients and fertilizers that help farmers grow our food also feed toxic algae outbreaks. Industrial and commercial development not properly designed and situated destroys wetlands and other small streams leading to the loss of important habitat and greater risk of floods, which in turn will upset our local economies.