Target: Donald Trump, President of the USA
Goal: Do not repeal rules that protect wetlands and other water resources.
The Trump administration has instructed the EPA to repeal a series of regulations aimed at protecting wetlands, streams, and other bodies of fresh water from pollution. The rules, passed by the Obama administration and the Army Corps of Engineers, protect 60 percent of U.S. fresh water sources. These water sources are integral to the survival of 80 percent of the nation’s ecosystems and provide drinking water to millions of people.
The rule has been criticized by farmers, property developers, golf course owners, and representatives of the oil, gas, pesticide, and fertilizer industries as an attack on property rights and an impediment for economic growth. These industries have been linked to water contamination associated with cancers and other serious illnesses as well as damage to ecosystems. Golf courses consume large amounts of water and can deplete water resources during droughts or in areas where water is scarce. Sign our petition and demand that President Trump abandon plans to repeal the Waters of the United States Rule.
Dear President Trump,
I was alarmed to read that your administration has directed the EPA to repeal the Waters of the United States Rule aimed at protecting streams, wetlands, and other bodies of fresh water. These laws protect 60 percent of U.S. fresh water sources, which in turn support 80 percent of the nation’s ecosystems and provide water to millions of people.
While I understand that the oil and gas, fertilizer, and pesticide industries criticize these rules as a drag on the economy, there is still a need for regulations protecting water from pollution. These industries have already challenged the rules in court and the process of repealing these rules via the EPA will take several years, perhaps longer than your first term. In short, moves to repeal these rules are a waste of government resources. I urge you not to repeal the Water of the United States Rule and to work toward protecting America’s water from pollution.
[Your Name Here]
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