Congress Votes To Repeal Clean Water Act Rule, President Forced to Veto
Sharing post by Evan Stafford, Fort Collins, CO 80524
By: Evan Stafford
“As you might recall, the House put forth a resolution to dissolve a new rule protecting Waters of the United States Rule, or WOTUS. Well, they voted to repeal it and in an unfortunate turn of events, last week the Senate followed suit by also voting to repeal these clean water protections. It seems like clean water would be a no-brainer, but apparently not for many of our lawmakers. WOTUS is the rule that determines which waters in our country fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and receive federal protection, and because this rule and being able to keep pollution out of our freshwater supplies is so important, the President stepped in to veto this legislation. “
“This is good news for rivers and clean water in our country, and it was relieving to see the administration stand up for the Clean Water Act and keep this rule in place. Still, it’s troubling to see how many lawmakers voted to unravel Americans’ access to clean water.”
Please take the time to remind your lawmakers how important clean water is, a letter after a vote will signal you are watching and paying attention. It easy to send a message using the American Whitewater easy-action tool will automatically adjust your draft letter based on how your lawmakers voted (the final vote in the Senate was 53-43). Take action now, and let the people who represent you in government know that you’re watching and that you care deeply about how they vote on bills that affect our rivers and water quality today!