Close the loopholes on clean water

This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule to close the loopholes that are currently leaving 20 million acres of the nation’s wetlands and half of our streams and rivers unprotected under the Clean Water Act. This is particularly problematic in our state because of the threat of continued contamination to Lake Michigan, a drinking source to millions of Illinoisans. Those neglected rivers and streams flowing into Lake Michigan threaten public health and a source of revenue drawn from recreational uses of waterways across Illinois. Additionally, contamination of the Rock River, a tributary of the nation’s beloved Mississippi River, poses a threat to the historical and sentimental value of such an important landmark in the U.S. The House of Representatives is soon voting on this crucial issue that affects Illinoisans across the state. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, must vote “No” on House Resolution 5078 and take a stand against the biggest water polluters in the state.

It is crucial to ensure the security of clean water across Illinois by remaining vigilant about protecting our natural resources in the face of oversights in federal regulations. Our ability to turn on the tap and access clean water should never be taken for granted or violated.

Amelia Sisk
Environment Illinois Clean Water Campaign Intern

From the Sept. 17-23, 2014, issue

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