If we want to pass on our wildlife and outdoor heritage to our kids and grandchildren, then we need clean water.
We just took a huge step towards cleaner water this week.
This past Wednesday, the EPA finally released its Clean Water rule.
The EPA Clean Water rule will restore longstanding protections to many of the Great Lakes and our nation’s wetlands, streams and lakes, conserving critical fish and wildlife habitat and providing flood control, cleaner drinking water and a host of other benefits.
Protects public drinking water for more than 30 million people
The rule restores Clean Water Act protections to streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to 1-in-3 Americans—117 million people, 30 million of whom live in the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.
While we can celebrate this rule, our work is not done. There are still some in Congress that want to prevent the Rule from being implemented, despite very clear language in the final rule about exempted activities and which types of waterways and wetlands are covered and which are not.
Now that the Clean Water Rule is finalized, we are now going to need everyone’s help defending it.