Action Alert: Protect Clean Water Rule Under Attack in U.S. Senate

We have an URGENT action alert and sign on letter this morning to protect the near-final Clean Water Rule in the Senate. The rule is critical to restoring protections against pollution and destruction for lakes, streams, wetlands, and other water bodies, and is important in keeping the Great Lakes safe.

There are two separate attacks happening that we’d like your help on:

  • The Barrasso Bill (S. 1140) could be out today – this bill would halt the rulemaking and force agencies to start the process over again
  • Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has introduced a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This would also halt the new rule and prevent anything similar from taking its place.


Please contact your Senators and remind them why they should vote NO on both the Barrasso Bill and the Resolution of Disapproval. You may contact your Senator via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or find your Senator on twitter.

Talking points for opposing the Barrasso Bill:

  • Derails current rulemaking and forces the agencies to go back and solicit input from stakeholders they have already consulted. In making the current rule, more than 400 stakeholder meetings were held and more than 1 million public comments were considered.
  • Forces agencies to waste time considering factors they have already considered, like input from State and local groups.
  • Delays critical protections on streams, lakes, and wetlands critical to the health of the Great Lakes by requiring agencies to go through the process of proposing another rule, scrapping the work they’ve already done.
  • Thorough work was done when constructing the current Clean Water Rule–input was gathered for at least 10 years, since the 2006 Supreme Court decision that created uncertainty about the extent of water protection.
  • This legislation is a waste of taxpayer money.  It requires the agencies to jump through numerous procedural hoops as a new rule is created – to no evident purpose other than to delay the needed protections of threatened streams and wetlands: waters critical to the health of the Great Lakes.


Talking points for opposing the Resolution of Disapproval:

  • Clean Water Rule is good policy–it restores important protections under the Clean Water Act to Great Lakes tributaries and wetlands critical for fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Bipartisan stakeholders at the state and federal level, including businesses and environmental groups joined forces to call for a rule or congressional action to clarify the extent of the Clean Water Act. The current Clean Water Rule provides this needed clarity. If the Resolution passed it would prevent agencies from adopting a substantively similar rule as called for by these diverse groups and as delivered by the current Rule.

You may contact your Member of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

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