Stop the Attacks on the Clean Water Act in Congress
  • Petitioned U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

This petition was delivered to:

Sen. Daniel Inouye, Chairman
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee
Rep. Harold Rogers, Chairman
U.S. House Appropriations Committee

Stop the Attacks on the Clean Water Act in Congress

    1. Peter Nichols
    2. Petition by

      Peter Nichols

      Bayside, CA

Access to swimmable, fishable, and drinkable waters is a basic human right, and today that right is under attack by big polluters and those in Congress who seek short-term gain at the expense of the health of our communities.

In 1972, 39 years ago, our nation’s waterways were sick. Rivers such as the Cuyahoga and the majestic Hudson were so impacted by toxic pollution that they were literally flammable and would cause serious illness to anyone who came in contact with them, and Lake Erie was declared all but dead; it was time for congress to act, and they did.

On October 18, 1972 the U.S. Congress passed what some consider the most significant environmental legislation in our nation’s history: the Clean Water Act.
Enactment of the Clean Water Act created a simple, yet powerful and effective tool to help address these problems: a federal safety net for water quality that guarantees a minimum level of protection to all Americans, no matter where you live. And for nearly 40 years this approach has been working, and it is time to let Congress know that citizens are standing up for their right to clean water and healthy communities, and we will not let corporate polluters and their cronies in Congress weaken this important and historic legislation.

Join Waterkeeper Alliance and our 130 Waterkeepers across the U.S. in letting Congress know that access to clean water is a fundamental right for all and to oppose the attacks currently being waged on clean water by big polluters.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Wilbert Griffith MOUNTAIN CITY, TN
      • almost 3 years ago


    • Patrick Lynch SANTIAGO, CHILE
      • almost 3 years ago

      As an environmental attorney working abroad I'm constantly amazed at the level of respect foreign attorneys and policymakers have for the strength of U.S. environmental laws like the CWA. Weakening our domestic laws when the rest of the world is trying desperately to strengthen theirs will erase the U.S. as a global leader in the fight to conserve our resources for future generations. It is not just your current constituents but the people who will eventually look back on your legacy who you should be thinking about. There is little scientific justification nor sound economic reasoning for rolling back these laws, particularly as it's becoming more and more evident that what we really need is more leadership and responsible policymaking, not less. Please don't ruin the game for the rest of us.

    • Laura Odom HOUSTON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing because clean water is better than polluted water. Or in Texas case (drought) no water!

    • susie beiersdorfer YOUNGSTOWN, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Water, essential for the sustainability and survival of all life! Why wouldn't we ALL work to maintain fresh water now and for the future! (NOTE: Planet will survive; we may not!)

    • Ian Jewett EUREKA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Clean water is of paramount concern as our existence relies upon healthy ecosystems that we are slowly degrading.


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