Calling All Senators

It is time to put the “clean” back into the Clean Water Act. An important bill to the Great Lakes and all of this nation’s rivers, lakes and waters is circulating Capitol Hill right now the Clean Water Restoration Act (S.787) and we need EVERY Great Lakes Senator cosponsoring and voting for this bill.

Over past years, the scope of the Clean Water Act has been eroded by policy and court decisions that allow pollution to once again threaten our waters. We are asking anyone who cares about their drinking water or the water they swim in or the water they fish and hunt in and around to make a call to their US Senator and ask them to support this essential legislation. Specifically, we want Great Lakes Senators’ Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), George Voinovich (R-OH) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) to cosponsor and usher this bill into existence. These lawmakers sit on the Environment and Public Works Committee and it is time they were dialed in to this issue.

To get their digits go to www.senate.gov or call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at: 202-224-3121.

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2 Responses to Calling All Senators

  1. PTiger says:

    Are you simply uniformed, or purposely misleading your readers?! The bill, S. 787 as proposed by Senator Feingold and being pushed through right now, is the most egregious, Federal power grab in the history of the the Federal Government of the U.S. If passed, the Fed will have control of every single lake, pond, stream, wetland, water table, spring, etc. – every water source will be under the complete discretion and control of the Federal Government. This bill does not propose to clean any body of water or protect water rights. READ and KNOW what you are talking about. This is about Power and Control over local governments and property owers for total control of water needed to live, survive, and enjoy. Call your senator and strongly urge them to vote against S. 787.

    PTiger

  2. Tiffany Pache says:

    Thanks for commenting – we welcome all viewpoints. But I must clarify some points in response. There is a 35 year history of clean water regulatory practice behind CWRA. After Nixon signed the CWA in 1972 federal agencies under five presidents (both Ds and Rs)and the courts interpreted the law the same way and that is the way CWRA would restore it. It was only in the last decade that the US Supreme Court confused the law by limiting it to “navigatable waters” and removing more than half the previously protected waters and wetlands from protection from pollutants. The CWA worked around industry – making sure they could operate – and CWRA would do the same. In fact, CWRA specifically exempts most farming, logging and mining activities from regulation. I don’t think the federal government has time to micromanage anyone’s hot tub – not with two wars, a disasterous economy and swine flu to contend with (to paraphrase the President), so these fears seem to be a bit hysterical.