Letter: Clean Water Act

July 18, 2014 

Only days after the recent victory for protecting river otters' streams and wetlands by closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act, polluters and their allies are waging a major attack on clean water by launching misleading ads in the media and promoting bills in Congress that undermine the recent progress, which could jeopardize streams and wetlands that river otters, fish and birds depend on.

The loophole in the Clean Water Act must be closed to protect wetlands and streams that flow into the larger rivers and lakes that many of us will visit this summer.

Idaho needs its decision-makers and members of Congress to ensure healthy streams and wetlands that are essential for wildlife and help provide clean drinking water for millions of Americans.

Two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands have been at risk of pollution after unclear rulings from the Supreme Court confused whether these critical waters could be protected under the Clean Water Act.

We must close the loopholes and keep them closed. Don't be seduced to sacrifice our natural, clean water anywhere. No bargain is worth the poisoning of these waters.

Joan Hobbs, Mountain Home

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