Clean Up U.S. Rivers and Streams

Target: U.S. Congress and Supreme Court

Goal: Make U.S. waterways safe for living things.

A recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that more than half of all U.S. streams and rivers are unhealthy for fish and other aquatic life. How can our water be so polluted when there is legislation in place such as the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968? Well, Congress and Supreme Court decisions that have since been made have excluded many waterways from protection under the Clean Water Act, and have created unnecessary hurdles to protecting others. As a result, our rivers and streams are no longer clean or safe due to excessive pollution and neglect.

Not only is unsafe water detrimental for fish and for humans consuming fish caught in U.S. waterways, but it is also extremely dangerous to our drinking water supply. One-third of Americans retrieve their drinking water straight from local rivers and streams. Dirty water is incredibly dangerous to our health. Bacteria and fecal matter have been found in many of these local water sources, making drinking the water, and swimming in the water, very dangerous and even deadly.

Demand that Congress and the Supreme Court open the Clean Water Act to include the rivers and streams that are being excluded, and therefore neglected. Urge them to enact a plan to clean up our water sources for the health and safety of the public, and that of aquatic life.


Dear Congress and Supreme Court Officials,

The current state of our rivers and streams is of great concern. A recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency has shown that more than half of our water sources are unhealthy and dangerous to aquatic and human life. This simply should not be the case when legislation such as the Clean Water Act of 1972 is in effect. However, due to amendments to this act, many bodies of water are excluded from protection, and it has been made nearly impossible to adequately maintain others. It is imperative that this be changed.

Many of us acquire our drinking water from local sources, many of which are among those that have been deemed unfit for consumption. These waterways are no longer a fit home for fish and other aquatic life, and we certainly cannot consume fish that have been caught in unsafe water. It is incredibly important, and urgent, that you enact a plan to clean up our rivers and streams, and put stronger laws into place to maintain the health and safety of our water sources.


[Your Name Here]

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