The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a welcomed proposal to clarify the legal protections for some of America’s most vulnerable streams, including headwater streams, some wetlands and intermittent or occasionally dry streams.
There are several bills and amendments under consideration in Congress to stop or thwart EPA's clean water rule. Virginia's U.S. Senators (Mark Warner and Tim Kaine) and U.S. representatives need to know that Virginians support EPA's proposal. Northern Virginia is represented by Reps. Don Beyer (D-8), Gerry Connolly (D-11), Robert Wittman (R-1) and Barbara Comstock (R-10). Visit www.senate.gov andwww.house.gov to contact them.
Over 2.3 million people, 28 percent of the population, in Virginia get tap water from public drinking water systems that rely at least in part on streams covered by this rule. Our water bodies are intricate hydrologic and geologic systems. EPA’s proposal properly recognizes that the entire system needs protection, including its roots.
Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the past decade have left about 20 million wetland acres and two million miles of streams in the country at great risk of pollution or destruction. The EPA proposal clarifies the law's coverage and carries out what Congress intended in writing and passing the Clean Water Act 42 years ago. Let your elected officials know you care.