Clean Water Network’s Update on Capitol Hill

News from Capitol Hill


Thanks to the hard work of so many Clean Water Network members, the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is taking a giant leap forward by considering critical clean water legislation tomorrow!

Tomorrow, June 18 at 9:30 AM, the EPW Committee will mark up (vote on)  and consider a number of key pieces of Clean Water Network supported legislation including:

  • S. 787, the Clean Water Restoration Act;
  • S. 878, Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2009 (formerly known as the beach protection act);
  • S. 937, Sewage Overflow Community Right-to-Know Act; and
  • S. 933, Contaminated Sediment Remediation Reauthorization Act (Great Lakes Legacy Act)

When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it intended to establish broad protections for all waters to achieve the law’s goal of restoring and maintaining the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. However, since 2001, Supreme Court decisions have called into doubt these broad protections.
The Clean Water Restoration Act is needed to restore the longstanding protections originally intended by Congress.
Even though this S. 787 is a significant compromise, compared with the bill that Senator Russ Feingold introduced just a few months ago, Congress must act now to resolve the confusion and uncertainty around the Clean Water Act because we are losing many vital waters to pollution and complete destruction.

For more on S. 787 and how to take action click HERE. For more on the other Clean Water Network supported bills (Clean Coastal, Sewage Right-to-Know and the Great Lakes Legacy Act) listed above click HERE.

Please make the time today and tomorrow to call your Senators’ offices to urge their support for the bills listed above. If your Senator (s) are not on the EPW committee urge them to tell their colleagues on the Committee to vote in favor. Click HERE
to see if your Senator (s) are on the EPW Committee.

Thanks for your assistance at this crucial time!  Your support is critical and much appreciated.

Natalie Roy
Clean Water Network

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