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Nothing is more fundamental

than clean water.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers recently finalized a federal rule restoring Clean Water Act protections to smaller streams and wetlands–waters that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans.

The rule would be particularly beneficial for the nearly 2.5 million in Missouri who get drinking water from streams covered by the rule. These streams and wetlands are also important for fish and wildlife–and therefor for the $2.7 Billion spent in Missouri each year on wildlife recreation.

Issue Update

President stands with clean water by vetoing legislation that would gut new Clean Water rule

On January 19, President Obama stopped Congress from nullifying a rule developed by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and supported by many of you, to clarify “Waters of the U.S.” to ensure the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act.

“We must protect the waters that are vital for the health of our communities and the success of our businesses, agriculture,and energy development.  As I have noted before, too many of our watersheds been left vulnerable.  Pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and coastal waters near which most Americans live and on which they depend for their drinking water, recreation, and economic development. Clarifying the scope of the Clean Water Act helps to protect these resources and safeguard public health.  Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it.  I am therefore vetoing this resolution.”  - President Barack Obama

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments or called their legislators to protect Clean Water!

Past Updates:

Thank you to those who voiced your opinion on this issue!

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers recently finalized a federal rule restoring Clean Water Act protections to smaller streams and wetlands–waters that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans.

The rule would be particularly beneficial for the nearly 2.5 million in Missouri who get drinking water from streams covered by the rule. These streams and wetlands are also important for fish and wildlife–and therefore for the $2.7 Billion spent in Missouri each year on wildlife recreation.

Recent movement in Congress occurred that jeopardized portions of the Clean Water Act.

Congressional Review Act Clean Water Rule-Passed

This “disapproval” of the Clean Water Rule passed by getting the simple majority it needed to move forward in the Senate. However, Senator McCaskill (MO) and Senator Collins (ME) voted against the Act despite their support of the Barrasso Bill. Because of this outcome there is hope to sustain a Presidential Veto that will give the White House and the EPA the backing they need as Congress moves into appropriations.

Barrasso Bill S. 1140 “Federal Water Quality Protection Act”-Did Not Pass

This bill attacked not only the Clean Water Rule, but threatened the Clean Water Act.  It was defeated with exactly the 41 votes needed to avoid this piece of legislation moving forward.

We encourage you to stay educated on this issue and continue to voice your opinion to our U.S. Representatives.

Learn More

EPA Clean Water Rule Home Page

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In the News

Local

Clean Water Rule Not a ‘Water Grab’ - Springfield News-Leader

New ‘Clean Water Rule’ Needs to be the Law of the Land   - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Editorial: Koster Chooses Big Farm over Clean Water. Bad Move.  - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder Statement on Waterways Ruling – The Missouri Times

State Officials Applaud Court Ruling on Waters of the United States – The Missouri Times

Letter: Keep Our Water Clean - Springfield News-Leader

 

National

Supreme Court will likely have to wade into ‘Water of the United States’ Rule – Crain’s Detroit Business

Clean Water Wins as U.S. State Leaders Fail to Overturn Stream Protections – Environment America

 

KOLR 10 Investigates the Clean Water Rule

 

 

 

MSTWC’s effort on this issue is supported by the National Wildlife Federation