The Meramec River is one of the longest free-flowing waterways in Missouri and among the most biologically diverse and significant river basins in mid-continental North America.
Many of the streams and springs that flow into the Meramec River risk losing protection under the proposed changes to the Clean Water Rule’s definition of Waters of the United States . If passed, the revised rule will significantly roll back the Clean Water Act and decades of cleanup efforts, negatively impacting water quality here in Missouri and across the nation.
Currently in the United States, more than 40% of rivers and streams and almost half of all lakes are too dangerous for fishing, swimming, or drinking. We deserve to play in our waterways without getting sick. We have the right to fish and eat those fish without being poisoned by heavy metals and toxins. And we must have access to drinking water free from contaminants that can harm our families.
The Clean Water Act gives us the power to protect our right to swimmable, fishable, drinkable water. And the proposed revisions to the Waters of the United States attack the heart of the Clean Water Act. This is our chance to speak up in support of clean water, and your voice matters. Please join us by submitting a comment directly to the EPA through the link below, and share why clean water is important to you.
All comments are due by April 15, 2019.