Ohio Environmental Council, August 21, 2017
Nothing is more fundamental to our health than the water we drink and, unfortunately, Ohio is no stranger to water crises. From toxic algae plaguing nearly half-a-million Toledoans to lead tainted water in communities across Ohio, real concerns exist about where we source our drinking water and what flows out of our taps. Unfortunately, earlier this year President Trump repealed a rule that would have reinstated Clean Water Act protections to the streams, rivers, and wetlands millions of Ohioans rely on for safe drinking water.
Ohio is second in the nation for wetland loss. Wetlands are vital to cleansing our drinking water. They filter out pollutants before slowly recharging groundwater, rivers, and streams. In addition, more than 115,000 miles, or nearly 70 percent, of Ohio streams and rivers no longer are protected by the Clean Water Act. Approximately 90 percent of Ohioans rely on these rivers and streams for their drinking water.
Now the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are proposing to subject businesses, organizations, individuals, and families to expensive and burdensome project delays, increased water rates, and less opportunities to fish, swim, and boat.
Don’t let the Trump administration strip protections for more than 70% of Ohio’s streams. Make your voice heard today: