Target: Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representative Frank Lucas
Goal: Prevent cuts to the wetland conservation programs.
Congress is cutting funding for wetland conservation as part of the US Farm Bill. Wetlands protect our water resources by removing pollutants, like nitrates, from the water and retaining water that can then soak into underground aquifers instead of running off into rivers and oceans. Congress must restore wetland conservation funding in the Farm Bill to previous levels.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. While the planet is covered in water, most of it isn’t drinkable and fresh water is becoming an increasingly scarce resource even here in the United States. In fact, fresh water only accounts for 2.5% of all the water on earth, water wars are already starting as states fight for access to this valuable resource, and some towns are even running out of water.
Sign the below petition to tell Senator Debbie Stabenow and House Representative Frank Lucas, the heads of the committee reviewing the Farm Bill, to reinstate funding for wetland conservation in the Farm Bill and protect our water.
Dear Ms. Stabenow and Mr. Lucas,
Protecting access to fresh water should be a top priority for Congress. Wetlands serve a vital role in storing water, recharging aquifers, and removing pollutants from the water supply yet the current Farm Bill cuts funding for wetland conservation efforts.
By 2025 it is estimated that as much as two-thirds of the world’s population will face water shortages and states and cities in the US are already fighting over this increasingly scarce resource. Access to clean, fresh water is a fundamental human right and wetlands help to protect that right and secure the future of water in this country.
I am urging you to restore funding for wetland conservation in the Farm Bill to previous levels and protect this valuable resource.
[Your Name Here]
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