Target: President Obama
Goal: Expand protection of U.S. waters to include currently unprotected streams and wetlands
America’s natural bodies of water are some of her most beautiful features. However, due to current U.S. laws, there are many aquatic areas across our nation that are not technically protected by the Clean Water Act. With the laws as they are, the EPA cannot legally protect these areas from many forms of pollution.
To resolve this issue, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers together are currently proposing legislation that would expand the definition of “U.S. water” in the Clean Water Act to include many unprotected streams and wetlands. There are many species of fish and waterfowl that will benefit from cleaner streams and wetlands nationwide. Also, these areas will remain clean for recreational use by humans.
If this legislation passes, it will lead to tighter regulation for these new bodies of water. This will allow the EPA to better do its job and preserve these areas more easily and effectively. We are currently in a period of public comment until October 20, 2014. We need to make our voices heard and let President Obama know that we want this legislation to pass.
By signing the petition below, you will urge President Barack Obama to support the EPA’s legislation to expand their protection of U.S. waters to streams and wetlands by amending the Clean Water Act.
Dear President Obama,
Clean water is incredibly important to all Americans. It has come to my attention that there are some bodies of water in the U.S. that are not protected by the EPA. In response to this problem, the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers have proposed promising legislation.
This new legislation would amend the Clean Water Act and result in the protection of many wetlands and streams across the country. Passing this legislation will keep all of the waters of the United States clean and will save the lives of many fish and waterfowl who are presently threatened.
Please support the EPA’s proposed legislation to extend the definition of U.S. water to include wetlands and streams. I urge you to use all of your political influence to make sure this legislation is passed.
[Your Name Here]
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