I Like Dirty Water…Said No One Ever

You would think passing a rule to protect one of our most limited resources would be easy. Think again. For the last decade and a half, the clean water community has worked tirelessly to pass the Clean Water Rule.

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Clean Water Rule signing at Earth Conservation Corps. Photo by Lacey McCormick

Finally, on May 27, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers finalized the long awaited rule, which restores protections to thousands of miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands.

The rule was signed at the National Wildlife Federation’s District of Columbia affiliate—Earth Conservation Corps—in the presence of NWF CEO Collin O’Mara, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, and Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss. It was a historic day for clean water.

The passing of this rule reflects the importance of protecting our waterways, and the fact that no one likes dirty water. Here’s why:

Do you like beer? Me too. Craft Beer Companies testified before the United States Senate that they need this rule because their breweries and communities depend on clean water. Beer is 90% water after all. If we make our beer with clean water, we better our beer, better our business and better our economy.

Do you like fishing? Me too. America’s anglers are standing firmly behind the Clean Water Rule. Trout Unlimited and other organizations know that this rule will protect the fishing, rearing, and breeding grounds of rockfish (striped bass) and trout. Whether you like to fish, eat fish, or just hang out around fish, we all know fish deserve clean water (especially since they spend most of their lives in it).

Do you like bald eagles and osprey? ME TOO! The bald eagle has been our National Emblem since 1782. And osprey just look really awesome, especially when they are right on the water hunting for prey. This rule protects their watersheds and the fish they eat to survive. Plus, what’s the best part about a bald eagle? It never needs a haircut!

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Bald eagle. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Don Getty.

Do you like drinking clean water? This is a no brainer.

The Rule protects streams and wetlands that are drinking water sources for more than 1 in 3 Americans – that’s about 117 million of us!

If you want to take action to support this new rule and protect our waters, contact your Members of Congress – both of your U.S. Senators and your Representative in the House – and tell them that you support this new rule and expect they will too. Some in Congress want to unravel these new protections and this is a critical time to weigh in.

The Clean Water Rule must be protected to ensure clean water for public health, wildlife, and the economy. As Prairie River Networks says, “Water is life.”

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