Dirty Water Bill
A number of organizations & individuals teamed up with us to help celebrate CWA-40! including: American Rivers, American Forests, DC Water, Environment America, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Earth Day Dallas, OMB Watch, U.S. Water Alliance, Campaign to Safeguard America's Waters, Katherine Baer, Marion Hilliard, Food & Water Watch, Association of State Water Administrators, Coalition for Sensible Safeguards, Clean Water Action, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Alabama Rivers Alliance, Save the Ilinois River (OK), Cedar River Festival (IA), Potomac Riverkeeper, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Appalachian Voices, Gulf Restoration Network and others.
This month, Clean Water Network joined colleagues in signing a letter addressed to U.S. Senators stressing the importance of not supporting HR. 3558, another in a long string of dirty water bills being peddled on Capitol Hill. HR 3558, the so-called Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, is another a blatant assault on the Clean Water Act and is being championed by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Patrick Toomey (R-PA). If passed, the bill would significantly weaken the Clean Water Act, regarding enforcement policies to assess water quality standards and similar regulations. The letter opposing this dirty water bill and urging Senators to make better choices, is available through the link below.
NY Governor Cuomo signed the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act into law yesterday (8/9/12). Human exposure to pathogens present in raw sewage can lead to short-term and chronic illnesses along with other health problems. This law aims to protect against the dangers of raw sewage by giving the public the right to know when sewage is discharged into public waters. This is especially important in NY, as it is the only state with ocean, estuarine, and Great Lakes coastline.
House of Representatives: http://cleanwaternetwork.org/resources/2012houserecord
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Attached below is a letter from various environmental groups to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with regard to various dirty water bills. The bills are H.R. 4278, H.R. 5961, H.R. 2541, and H.R. 3158. These four bills undermine the Clean Water Act and related rules and regulations meant to protect our nation's clean water. These bills employ loopholes, exemptions, sidestepping, and unrelated issues to effectively prevent the Clean Water Act from doing what it was intended to do. On July 26, 2012, the T&I Committee began the markup on these bills and will finish around the end of the month presumably to send the bills to the House floor before the August recess. This letter points out the damaging effects these bills will cause if enacted.
Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Inc.
Key to this chart: For each Representative, if they voted 50% or higher in support of clean water, they received a blue water drop. If they voted 49% or lower, a brown drop is shown next to their name. Click on the drop next to each Representative to see the details of each vote that was recorded on this chart and to see how other Representatives from their state voted.