EPA’s proposed Clean Water Rule would provide important protections

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, community leaders from around the Twin Cities area gathered at the Green Ideas & Ham Breakfast Forum put on by Environment Minnesota to discuss the EPA’s proposed Clean Water Rule. The rule would protect 47,000 miles of Minnesota rivers and streams, and nearly 2 million across the nation, that are not currently guaranteed protection under the Clean Water Act.

The public comment period on the EPA rule closed on Nov. 14. Despite bitter opposition from powerful polluters waging an acrimonious campaign against the EPA’s rule, over 800,000 Americans submitted supportive comments, including more than 2,000 collected by Environment Minnesota. The forum held Tuesday recognized the importance of continuing the conversation about the Clean Water Act.

Gary Botzek, executive director of the Minnesota Conservation Federation, spoke at the forum, where more than 40 community members were gathered. He emphasized that the Clean Water Rule is important to protect our wildlife, because whether you enjoy wildlife for hunting, fishing or shooting photographs, none of this could happen without clean water. With the public comment period now closed we must turn our focus to Washington and urge our senators to support the EPA’s rule and support clean water.

— Brian Wasz, Environment Minnesota

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  1. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 11/21/2014 - 10:00 am.


    No it really wouldn’t. It would only provide more costly over-regulation. Road ditches, drainage ditchs, and occasional wet areas in fields do not need to be regulated like the EPA want’s to do. Get your facts from the Farm Bureau, corn growers assn., or livestock groups. The EPA want’s to regulate water that isn’t navigable and doesn’t even connect to any other surface water. Explain how standing water in a field in the spring deserves to be regulated or road ditches for that matter.

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