With the election of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the first Black and South Asian American woman as Vice President, the hard work begins to heal and restore our country, our democracy, and our health and environment, and to reckon racism and injustice in our nation.
As Waterkeepers, we fight for clean water with frontline communities who suffer the impacts of systemic racism not just in actions like we have recently seen, but in decades of pollution dumped on their communities. Our federal environmental protections need to reverse the historical harm Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities have suffered from decades of disenfranchisement and discriminatory policies and regulations.
For the past four years, Waterkeepers Chesapeake has steadfastly opposed the gutting of environmental protections that ignored science and justice. Science and climate change deniers appointed to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and other agencies allowed polluting corporations to rewrite environmental protections. Now, Waterkeepers Chesapeake and our 17 Waterkeeper members will work tirelessly to restore and strengthen protections so that everyone has access to clean water.
Our priorities include:
- Restore a science-based definition of the “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act.
- Restore states’ authority under the 401 section of the Clean Water Act to protect their waterways from federally permitted projects like pipelines and dams.
- Advance policies to reverse climate change.
- Restore regulations that prevent toxic discharges from coal-fired power plants and coal ash ponds to our waterways, including drinking water supplies.
- Support farm practices that restore land and water rather than polluting them; and hold polluting agricultural industries accountable for their impacts.
- Restore the protections under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that allow communities to account for the cumulative impacts of infrastructure development.
- Expand the fight against the global plastic pollution crisis.
- Gain control of forever and emerging contaminants such as PFAS that have accumulated in our water, food and bodies.
Today, we commit to working on your behalf for equity, inclusivity, democracy, science, public health, and of course, clean water for all. We invite you to join us in this work for future generations. Please consider a generous donation today!