Tell Your Senators: Protect Our Nation's Waters!
Commonsense protections from pesticide applications into our nation's waterways are at risk when the Senate takes up the Farm Bill again this week. These highly controversial amendments from Senator's Hagan (D-NC) and Johanns (R-NE) would undermine the Clean Water Act and put our health and the environment at risk.
The spirit of the Clean Water Act is that every community in the United States has the right to enjoy fishable and swimmable bodies of water. These amendments would strip away critical protections from our nation's rivers, lakes, and streams, leaving you to swim, fish, and boat on waters that are contaminated with carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and neurological toxicants without monitoring from state or federal officials.
These amendments would reverse the 2009 ruling in National Cotton Council v. EPA that requires Clean Water Act permits from pesticide users who spray over waterways. Permits are now required for spraying activities like mosquito spraying, treatment of algal blooms or invasive species. The permit lets authorities know what is sprayed and when it is sprayed, so that the public may know what chemicals are used in their waterways.
The amendment would:
Act Now! We can't afford to lose these protections. Tell your Senators to oppose any efforts to undermine the Clean Water Act.