Monday 20 May 2019

The Future is Uncertain — Our Dedication to Clean Water is Undaunted

A message from Waterkeepers Chesapeake Executive Director Betsy Nicholas:

Waterkeepers Chesapeake is a coalition of 19 Waterkeepers from around the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For years, we have worked to protect our most precious natural resource: water.

The President-elect is beginning to fill out cabinet and executive agency positions, giving us a preview of what kind of administration is coming to Washington, DC in January. Based on that preview, we are extremely concerned about our water resources.

Waterkeepers, along with our staff and volunteers, have worked tirelessly toward the goal of cleaning up the environment and restoring clean water to the Chesapeake Bay and the Coastal Bays and our local rivers and streams. On a daily basis, we monitor water quality. We hold polluters accountable. We advocate at the local, state and federal level.

We work every day toward the goal of swimmable, fishable, drinkable water for you and future generations.

We will not see that work reversed.

The president-elect has talked of rolling back regulations in very general terms. He provides no details. We don’t know what he has in mind yet, but we do know that regulatory oversight is sometimes all that stands between safe drinking water and water poisoned by things not limited to shoddy infrastructure, industrial pollution, and energy interests (drilling, exploration, legacy and transport). Ask the people of Flint, Michigan. It isn’t pretty when you can’t trust the water that comes out of the tap.

We will steadfastly oppose regulatory policies that threaten water quality. We will oppose any attempts to weaken the Clean Water Act.

The new administration has signaled an interest in looking backward by pushing for throwback energy resources, like coal and fracking. Why? We know that renewables are cleaner and are the key to a healthy environment and better jobs.

We will steadfastly oppose a return to energy sources that foul and threaten water and air quality.

The new administration is motioning toward appointing cabinet positions, particularly those in charge of protecting and conserving America’s great natural resources like the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, with individuals who deny climate change and would open our federal parks to oil and gas extraction.

We will steadfastly oppose those who ignore the science and threaten public safety by ignoring the threats of climate change.

We all deserve a future that includes clean water.

We will continue to fight for clean water for everyone, now and in the future!

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