NARRATOR: Protecting water and the American
Economy go hand and hand. Streams and wetlands are crucial for fishing,
hunting, tourism, agriculture, recreation, energy production, manufacturing–and many
other types of businesses rely on clean water for basic operations.
Clean Water Act protections, stop sewage, toxic chemicals, and other harmful pollutants
from threatening our waterways–not just lakes and rivers, but the streams and wetlands that
feed them. Right now, not all streams and wetlands are
protected equally from pollution, and this loophole is threatening clean water. That’s
why last spring, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took targeted action to protect
waters that really matter. The proposal protects the streams, wetlands and headwaters that
have scientifically been shown to impact water downstream.
Results from a recent survey show that 80 percent of U.S. small business owners favor
including small streams and headwaters in federal clean water protections. Businesses
depend on certainty–and EPA’s clean water proposal delivers that certainty.
Business leaders across the country have supported EPA’s continued commitment to clean water
for all Americans. In the end, this proposal protects the water that American businesses
depend on. Let us know what you think. And visit our
website for more information.