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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 do everything in its power to make sure that every American has access to clean drinking water – not open up the waterways that feed our drinking water to industrial pollution and waste. Join the fight against the “Dirty Water Rule” - here’s what you can do right now:

  • Support the Clean Water Rule - submit your letter to the EPA

  • Gather petition signatures supporting the Clean Water Rule in your community - just download and print our petition and gather signatures

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Use the talking points below and read more about how to write a letter to the editor

  • Attend the only listening session EPA is holding on this outrageous proposal in Kansas City, KS on January 23. Read more.

The Clean Water Rule provides commonsense safeguards for millions of acres of wetlands and nearly two million 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 proposed a replacement in December 2018 of the Clean Water Rule —dubbed the “Dirty Water Rule” — that would strip out some of these much-needed protections, and threaten clean drinking water for millions across the country.

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, extends the Clean Water Act’s protections to 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 waterways with no repercussions

  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 will exacerbate this inequality

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Michelle Bright