Monday August 7, 2017
We all should remember how the Clean Water Act has helped clean up pollution in our waters over the past four decades. When we catch trout in Tulpehocken Creek, when we float the Lehigh River, when we take our children out to Blue Marsh Lake, we know the water is clean and safe because a generation ago we made a commitment to protect our water.
It makes no sense that the new administration plans to roll back the protections of this landmark law by repealing the Clean Water Rule. This would strip Clean Water Act protections from small headwater streams and critical wetlands, leaving 60 percent of stream miles in the United States without the safeguards.
Why do these streams matter?
From the perspective of a fisherman like myself, they're the small headwaters where wild trout spawn and young trout grow. But 1 in 3 people relies on these streams for drinking water. And all of us live downstream, so we all benefit when the pollution is dealt with at its source.
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public input over the next month at bit.ly/CWRcomment. All of us need to make our voices heard: Tell the agency not to put our water at risk.
Lower Heidelberg Township
Tell EPA to protect Clean Water Act