Target: President Obama
Goal: Save North American river otters from water pollution and habitat destruction
The North American River Otters are once again the victims of pollution and a shrinking habitat. Several years ago, thanks in part to the Clean Water Act (CWA), these playful creatures were making a comeback, with populations slowly rebounding across the country. Recently however, Supreme Court rulings have questioned whether the small streams and wetlands the otters call home are protected under the CWA. Without this protection, these interconnected waterways, some 2 million miles of streams and approximately 20 million acres of wetlands are at risk for pollution that could harm wildlife, and potentially end up in our drinking water.
With the strength and jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act in question, the Army Corp of Engineers, in coordination with The Environmental Protection Agency, collected the latest peer-reviewed scientific data for a comprehensive report entitled “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters.” This new report demonstrates how headwaters, streams and wetlands are interconnected, how they impact larger bodies of water and how important they are to the health of our water supply. Based on this information, the EPA drafted a Clean Water Act headwaters rule to clarify authority and ensure the safety of our watersheds. The current rule is under review with the Obama administration in the Office of Management and Budget.
This proposal, if enacted, will give the EPA the tools it needs to crack down on polluters and stop the contamination of our delicate waterways. Without this protection, our drinking water, river otters, migratory birds and fish are all in danger. Please sign the petition below urging the Obama administration to protect our waterways and finalize this rule before any more damage is done.
Dear President Obama,
Our precious waterways, wildlife habitat and drinking water are at risk. Without clarification of the Clean Water Act, millions of wetland acres and miles of streams are threatened by pollution and destruction while the Environmental Protection Agency is powerless to do anything about it.
This is why we, the undersigned, support a strong Clean Water Act headwater rule.
Thanks to the partnership of the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers, sound scientific evidence is available upon which to enact desperately needed protection for our waterways. We urge you to stand up to the special interests and utilize the “Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters” report to ensure our nation’s drinking water and wildlife areas are safeguarded from pollution. We further ask that you move swiftly, as every passing day our crucial watersheds are in danger.
[Your Name Here]
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