American Rivers • American Whitewater • Amigos de los Ríos • California River Watch • Californians for Alternatives to Toxics • Clean Water Action • Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Assn • Earthjustice • Endangered Habitats League • Greenpeace • Gulf Restoration Network • League of Conservation Voters• Maryland Conservation Council • Midwest Environmental Advocates • Missouri Coalition for the Environment • Natural Resources Defense Council • Ohio Wetlands Association • Prairie Rivers Network • Sierra Club • Southern Environmental Law Center • Surfrider Foundation • Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. • WESPAC Foundation
November 2, 2015 (Download this letter here
The undersigned organizations, and our millions of members and supporters, oppose the Dirty Water Resolution (S.J. Res. 22). The “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act attacks the Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s landmark initiative to restore safeguards against pollution and destruction for lakes, streams, wetlands and other water bodies.
The Clean Water Rule restores important safeguards that once existed for a variety of water bodies. Those safeguards were eroded after a pair of Supreme Court decisions and by policies the Bush administration adopted, which left many water bodies inadequately protected or lacking the pollution control requirements of the Clean Water Act. The rule restores prior protections for many critical wetlands, which curb flooding, filter pollution, and provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including endangered species and wildfowl and fish prized by hunters and anglers.