Sen. Russ Feingold introduced the Clean Water Restoration Act yesterday. This bill would finally restore the safeguards to wetlands, lakes and streams that have been neglected due to a loophole and court interpretation of the Clean Water Act.
“We applaud Sen. Feingold for introducing this bill and urge Great Lakes Senators to lead the effort to pass this bill quickly,” said Jeff Skelding the national campaign director of the Healing Our Waters- Great Lakes Coalition. “Delay in restoring these protections jeopardizes America’s wetlands, streams and other sources of clean water.”
This legislation is absolutely necessary if we want to achieve our restoration goals. “This legislation stops the roll-back of protections for our nation’s waters and re-affirms safeguards that Congress originally intended,” said Skelding. “Waters that have long been covered by the Clean Water Act’s strong protections have been left vulnerable to the kinds of pollution and destruction that our nation has been successful at stopping in the past.”
An alarming amount of Great Lakes’ wetlands have been filled or destroyed. These areas provide a natural filter for our water system, provide habitat for wildlife and prevent erosion and reduce flooding. One acre of wetlands provides more than $10,000 in ecological dividends!
Twenty-three co-sponsors join Feingold, including Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).