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Deadline to Restore Clean Water with Strong Science

Clean Water Act protections have been in limbo for more than a decade. Photo by Dusan Smetana.

The Clean Water Act is one of our most successful environmental laws. It was written at a time when lakes and rivers served as dumping grounds for toxic wastes and flammable chemicals. Since then, we have made immense progress nationwide on cleaning up our waters, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, protecting drinking water, combatting wetland loss and developing water-based recreational economies.

Clean Water Act protections for wetlands and headwater streams critical for fish and wildlife have been in limbo for more than a decade because of a pair of Supreme Court cases. Now the government is taking steps to finally restore some of these protections.

Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency have just released a report documenting the important role wetlands and headwater streams play in our watersheds and for the health of downstream rivers, lakes and bays. This report will inform any decisions made to restore clean water protections and it is currently under review by an independent panel of scientists. Now is the best time for the hunting and fishing community to speak up.

Time is running out! Express your support for strong, science-based decisions protecting clean water and the conservation of fish and wildlife.

Send a message to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting their actions to protect clean water based on the best available science of wetlands and headwater streams.


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Sportsman for strong science to restore protections to wetlands and headwater streams (Docket #EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0582)

Dear [Decision Maker],

I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for using peer-reviewed scientific studies to document how wetlands and headwater streams impact the integrity of our rivers, lakes and bays.

Please build on the report and ensure that it accurately reflects the functions and values of wetlands and headwater streams in watersheds. The strength of the report's science and conclusions are key to restoring Clean Water Act protections to smaller waters that influence the quality of our nation's rivers, lakes, estuaries and drinking water supplies.

I strongly support the administration using this science report to move forward with a rulemaking that says these waters deserve the protection of the Clean Water Act.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


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