Trustee Election
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  • WATER TREATMENT
  • ARSENIC
  • AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Winning Issue » AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS


Aquatic ecosystems are bodies of water that support communities of marine or freshwater organisms dependent upon each other and their environment. Human development, encroachment and pollution have damaged more than 70% of our nation's rivers and streams, some of them severely. Nearly 40% of our nation's rivers and streams do not meet standards for swimming safety or fishing sustainability. Non-point source pollution such as soil erosion from logging, oil runoff from city streets, acid mine drainage, and nutrients from farm fertilizers are blamed for some of the destruction to our streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, islands, wetlands, beaches and vernal pools. Healthy aquatic ecosystems benefit us by filtering pollutants from our water supply and providing spawning, feeding and nursery habitats for our fisheries. They also provide countless recreational opportunities for millions of Americans. Advocates say that in order for these degraded ecosystems to regain their functionality, they must be returned to their original condition -or as close to it as possible.


Pending Legislation: none




Options


  • I oppose reforming current aquatic ecosystem policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support establishing a National Clean and Safe Water Fund for the EPA to carry out water quality projects including: wetland protection and restoration projects; contaminated sediment projects; drinking water source protection projects; land acquisition projects for water quality protection, and wish to either reintroduce S.1539 - National Clean and Safe Water Fund Act of 2003 (108th Congress 2003-2004), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support establishing a National Clean and Safe Water Fund for the EPA to carry out water quality projects including: wetland protection and restoration projects; contaminated sediment projects; drinking water source protection projects; land acquisition projects for water quality protection, and wish to either reintroduce S.1539 - National Clean and Safe Water Fund Act of 2003 (108th Congress 2003-2004), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing S.1539 - National Clean and Safe Water Fund Act of 2003 (108th Congress 2003-2004), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, AR will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to reduce polluted stormwater runoff, restore protections for small streams and wetlands, ensure healthy flows in rivers, and advocate for safeguarding small streams and wetlands.

American Rivers (AR) is working to protect clean water for people and wildlife in the face of 21st century challenges such as aging infrastructure, polluted runoff and increasingly variable and frequent floods and droughts. It is leading efforts to advance funding for and implementation of green infrastructure and water efficiency practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and to secure reliable and predictable clean water supplies. AR is also working to restore protections for small streams and wetlands and ensure healthy flows in rivers. By focusing efforts on stopping pollution from sewage spills and stormwater runoff, American Rivers is working to ensure that our rivers and streams are safe for drinking, fishing, swimming and boating. By safeguarding small streams and wetlands, AR is preserving nature’s ability to filter and supply clean water. Since 1991, AR’s National River Cleanup has offered support to individuals and organizations interested in conducting a cleanup on their local river. AR fights to protect our nation’s last, best free-flowing rivers with Wild and Scenic River designations and is the national leader in removing outdated and unsafe dams and improving the operations of hydropower dams. It states the impacts of climate change will hit rivers first and worst, in the form of increased droughts, floods, and waterborne diseases. American Rivers is helping communities build resilience in the face of these impacts, with healthy rivers as their strongest defense.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020