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Join the Fight for Clean Water!

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Clean water is a right and a necessity, and it’s the EPA’s job to make sure that the waterways that feed our drinking water aren’t open to industrial pollution and waste dumping. Instead, President Trump’s EPA is pushing a “Dirty Water Rule” that would gut vital clean water protections and allow industrial polluters to jeopardize water for millions of people.

Join the fight against the “Dirty Water Rule” and attend the only public hearing EPA is holding on this outrageous proposal in Kansas City, KS, on February 27 and 28. Register to attend and sign up to testify.

If you can’t make it to the hearing, you can still make a difference by:

The 2015 Clean Water Rule ensures that the Clean Water Act’s commonsense safeguards help prevent the pollution of millions of acres of wetlands and miles of small streams. This includes streams that feed the drinking water sources of more than 117 million Americans – nearly one in three of us. 

The Trump administration has proposed to repeal the Clean Water Rule and has developed its own replacement scheme —dubbed the “Dirty Water Rule” — that would deny these much-needed protections to countless water bodies across the country. Doing so threatens clean drinking water supplies for millions of people.

Use the talking points below to speak out and fight for the Clean Water Rule!

Clean Water Rule - Talking Points

  1. For more than 46 years, the Clean Water Act has dramatically curbed water pollution and made our water safer for swimming, fishing, and drinking

  2. Each year, the Act’s safeguards prevent 700 billion pounds of toxic pollutants from being dumped into waterways

  3. The Clean Water Rule, passed in 2015, ensures that the Clean Water Act’s protections cover bodies of water that feed the drinking water supplies of nearly one in three Americans

  4. The Clean Water Rule was backed by clear scientific consensus and was founded on 1,200 peer-reviewed publications, a lengthy comment period, 400 stakeholder meetings, and years of public debate

  5. The Trump administration is proposing to repeal the Clean Water Rule and replace it with the “Dirty Water Rule,” which would strip clean water protections from thousands of critical waterways across the country

  6. The “Dirty Water Rule” would give industrial polluters a free pass to pollute important waterways

  7. Protecting streams and wetlands is important because they work as natural filters and sponges, keeping our drinking water supplies safe while reducing the impact of floods

  8. Low income communities and communities of color are often disproportionately impacted by polluted water; the “Dirty Water Rule” and the water pollution that would inevitably result could exacerbate this inequality

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