Take Action for Headwaters and Wetlands

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The Environmental Protection Agency is rolling back an effort to clarify exactly which streams and wetlands qualify for protection under the Clean Water Act, creating an uncertain future for the fish and wildlife habitat that sportsmen and women care about.

We need your help NOW to ensure that 60 percent of U.S. stream miles and 20 million acres of wetlands are not overlooked.

There are just 42 days to let the agency know that hunters and anglers value the 2015 Clean Water Rule’s benefits for headwater streams that feed into our world-class trout waters and the wetlands that make up a majority of America’s duck factory. Uncertainty about the tools we have to protect these places puts at risk our hunting and fishing access and opportunities, which could stem the flow of more than $200 billion annually into rural communities and American businesses.

This is YOUR chance to speak up for your right to access clean water before the public comment period ends on September 27, 2017. Send a message to the EPA and demand your access to clean water!

To ensure these are read, we encourage you to consider adding a unique personal paragraph. For example, describe a stream or wetland that is important for hunting or fishing that you value based on your own experience. Or describe a stream or wetland that you know that has become polluted which has harmed your hunting or fishing experience. 

 

Recipients

  • Administrator Scott Pruitt

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Message

Dear Administrator Pruitt and Deputy Assistant Secretary Lamont ,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on Docket Number EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203, which repeals the 2015 Clean Water Rule. I'm a sportsman and I strongly oppose repealing the Clean Water Rule.

Finalized in 2015, the Rule clarifies that the Clean Water Act protects 20 million acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of headwater streams -- 60% of the country's flowing waters. These waters shield communities from flooding, supply drinking water to one in three Americans, and provide essential fish and wildlife habitat that supports a robust outdoor recreation economy worth $887 billion annually. The hunting and fishing industries in the United States directly employ 483,000 Americans.

The Clean Water Rule is firmly grounded in science. In developing the rule, EPA analyzed more than 1,200 peer-reviewed and other studies that assessed connections between small streams, non-tidal wetlands, and other upstream waters on larger downstream waters, including lakes, rivers, and estuaries. That review demonstrated the significant physical, chemical and biological connections between wetlands and headwaters streams to larger rivers. To balance the need to protect our nation's waters with the interests of those whose activities affect water quality, the Rule also explicitly excludes some waters, like puddles and most roadside ditches, from regulation. The agencies also preserved existing exemptions for categories of activities like normal farming and ranching practices.





To justify the repeal, the agencies rely on a seriously flawed economic analysis. To arrive at a net benefit justifying repeal of the 2015 Rule, the agencies removed the estimated $306 billion in annual benefits that would result from the 2015 Rule protecting wetlands. The agencies have said Americans may value streams and wetlands less than they did in 2014, but they don't give any reason why the public would value clean water less than they did before. As a sportsman, I value clean water and I support conserving our wetlands and small streams.

Repealing the Clean Water Rule is a huge step backward in achieving the goal of the Clean Water Act to restore and maintain the nation's waters. I believe in the goal of the Clean Water Act and I respectfully ask that you protect the streams and wetlands so important to hunters and anglers.

Thank you,

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