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Water they thinking?

Comments Due April 15

The current administration intends to erase federal protections under the Clean Water Act for intermittent and ephemeral streams, published in 2015 and known as Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

The proposed changes severely reduce the number of streams and waterways protected, by redefining WOTUS.

It excludes streams that flow only following rainfall or snowfall, and wetlands permanently connected to larger waterways.

***Talking Points, Background, & Resources HERE***

We must protect our water,
because water is life!

by April 17

If you visit American city,
You will find it very pretty.
Just two things of which you must beware:
Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air!

-Tom Lehrer

A Gasp for the Clean Air Act

Comments Due April 17

An EPA-proposed rule change to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) would allow an increase in the amount of mercury and 80 other dangerous pollutants spewed into the air by coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Industry says it is too costly to operate with pollution controls, so as usual, Trump prioritizes profits over the health of our nation. The rule change would base compliance on cost rather than health benefits.

***Talking Points, Background, & Resources HERE***

Take action to protect our air. Tell the EPA to use common sense and leave MATS restrictions in place.




A Deeper Look at the Public Lands Bill

Signed into law last week, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act protects 3.6 million acres of public land and permanently reauthorized the Land & Water Conservation Fund.

While we’re doing the happy dance for many of the protections awarded, as one hand gave, the other took away.

We urge you to read the bill--it’s not all good news.

The positive highlights include:

  • 1.3 million acres designated as Wilderness and 2.3 million acres of public lands given protections, including four national monuments.
  • More than 600 miles of new Wild & Scenic River designations in Oregon, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California.

On the other hand...

From a recent High Country News article:

“Rather than address the overarching issues facing public-lands management, such as wildfires, greenhouse gas emissions and protecting wildlife corridors for endangered species, the new lands bill is classic pork-barrel politics, where everybody is getting a little something,”

- Chris Klyz, political science and environmental studies professor, Middlebury College


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Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
P.O. Box 2924 - Durango, CO 81302
Visit us at greatoldbroads.org - Email Us or call 970-385-9577

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