Blocking Clean Water Act harms waterways

Letter to the Editor

No one disagrees that clean water is fundamentally important to successful communities and requires waterways like the Flint River to be healthy. Without a clean Flint River, farming communities would suffer for lack of irrigation, and generations of Georgians would lose out on countless recreational opportunities at parks like Sprewell Bluff.

That’s why it’s so disappointing that the U.S. House of Representatives voted, yet again, to block the restoration of Clean Water Act safeguards that help keep the Flint River and countless waterways across Georgia clean.

These protections for seasonal streams and wetlands that feed the Flint and other major waterways were put in doubt by two polluter-supported Supreme Court decisions – and polluters’ political allies in the U.S. House included a “dirty water” provision in a water-related spending bill that makes sure these critical Clean Water Act safeguards don’t ever return.

Unfortunately, Congressman Bishop chose to side with polluters rather than stand up for the Flint by voting to keep this “dirty water” attack in the bill. It’s more important than ever that our Sens. Chambliss and Isakson hold the line to defend the Flint so that the Clean Water Act’s goal of making all our waters safe for drinking, swimming and fishing may one day become a reality.