Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 
I the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights and fountains in the midst of valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water and the dry land springs of water. 
(Isaiah 41:17-18)



As we celebrate Earth Day and consider the many ways in which we must care for God’s creation, let us act together to preserve the precious water resources we depend on throughout the United States.

For more than four decades, the Clean Water Act has protected our country’s interconnected system of waters from pollution. But in recent years, two Supreme Court cases created uncertainty about whether small wetlands and seasonal streams are “waters of the United States,” deserving of the full protection of clean water rules.

Even though one in three Americans—more than 117 million people—get their drinking water from sources fed by small and seasonal streams, the Supreme Court told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that they needed to clearly define which of these bodies of water are “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

The EPA is currently working on a rule that would provide that necessary clarity, protecting streams and wetlands that connect to larger watersheds and ensuring the high quality of the water that we depend on for drinking, washing, swimming and fishing.

The EPA's rule is due to be finished sometime this summer, but opponents are already trying to prevent the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, which issues many clean water permits, from enforcing this new rule to protect our nation’s waters. Last week, the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee introduced a funding bill for the Army Corps in the 2016 fiscal year that would prevent the agency from using the  new clean water rule to issue permits and similar policy “riders” are expected on the bill that will fund the EPA.

Take action now to protect our nation’s small streams and wetlands!
  • Write your U.S. Representative today by clicking here, and ask them to oppose efforts that prevent the EPA and Army Corps from protecting small streams and wetlands—your voice will make a difference!
  
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