Action Alert: Protect Our Drinking Water; Tell Your Senator to Oppose Dirty Water Riders

A section of Dead Dog Creek in Winthrop Harbor, IL, following restoration efforts. Photo courtesy of Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

A small creek Winthrop Harbor, IL, that could benefit from Clean Water protections. Photo courtesy of Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.

The Clean Water Protection Rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in March of this year has come under fire from the Farm Bureau and others who oppose this rule; a rule that is crucial in the fight to protect our drinking water and the health of our Great Lakes. The Clean Water Protection Rule clarifies the extent of the Clean Water Act—seminal legislation passed in 1972—but it does not extend the powers of the act beyond their historical reach. Within weeks, riders will likely be proposed in the U.S. Senate that would undermine the protections offered by the Clean Water Act under this rule. Contact your Senators TODAY and ask them to oppose all bad clean water riders on appropriations bills. Tell them you support the EPA and the Army Corps’ Clean Water Protection Rule because it helps protect the Great Lakes and our drinking water. Do not stop the public comment process on the rule now underway! Contact your Senator via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Talking Points:

The Clean Water Protection Rule helps protect our investment in restoring and protecting our Great Lakes by safeguarding vital wetlands and other waterways from pollution and/or destruction.

The Rule provides clear and predictable protections for many streams, wetlands, and other waters critical to our safe drinking water supply, while giving greater certainty to the regulated community by providing better guidance to federal and state regulators, which helps streamline the permitting process.

The Rule relies on the best scientific understanding of streams and wetlands to clarify the scope of the Clean Water Act, and restores protections for streams, wetlands, and other waters nationwide.

More talking points can be found here.

Contact your Senators via Twitter:
Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) @SenatorDurbin
Sen. Mark Kirk (R) @SenatorKirk

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) @SenDonnelly
Sen. Dan Coats, (R) @SenDanCoats

Sen. Carl Levin (D) @SenCarlLevin
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) @stabenow

Sen. Al Franken (D) @alfranken
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) @amyklobuchar

New York
Sen. Charles Schumer (D) @ChuckSchumer
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) @SenGillibrand

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) @SenSherrodBrown
Sen. Rob Portman (R) @robportman

Sen. Bob Casey (D) @SenBobCasey
Sen. Patrick Toomey (R) @SenToomey

Sen. Ron Johnson (R) @SenRonJohnson
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) @tammybaldwin

Sample tweets:
I’m counting on [Insert Your Senator Here] to stand up for #CleanWater & OPPOSE dirty water riders @healthylakes

Hey [Insert Senate Twitter Handle], don’t let dirty water riders undermine #CleanWater Act protections! Please protect the #GreatLakes @healthylakes

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