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The 1972 Clean Water Act protects all our nation's waterways from pollution. The Act's original intent was to totally eliminate chemical discharges into our lakes, rivers and streams by 1985. The Clean Water Act gives our EPA broad jurisdiction in setting water quality standards. It enforces these standards by penalizing those responsible for pollution, and helping states construct water treatment facilities. However, for the past few decades, the quality of our nation’s waters has gotten worse not better. Several years ago the EPA reported that the majority of our streams can't support healthy aquatic life, saying 55% of our waterways are in “poor” condition and another 23% are just “fair.” Only 21% of our rivers are considered “good” and “healthy.”

Advocates claim the Trump administration advanced a pro-polluter agenda that exempted 50 million acres of wetlands and a million miles of small rivers and streams from protection of the Clean Water Act. But more importantly they say is that, over the decades, special interest groups have successfully whittled away the protections of this Act and it therefore needs to be updated. They claim we need to develop new regulations to ensure Clean Water Act’s protection of rivers, streams and wetlands are based on the best available science, and whose implementation will not degrade water quality, contaminate drinking water or increase the risk of flooding.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.6745 - Clean Water for All Act (116th Congress)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current Clean Water Act policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support requiring the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to develop new regulations protecting rivers, streams, and wetlands which are based on the best available science, and whose implementation will not degrade water quality, contaminate drinking water or increase local flooding, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support requiring the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to develop new regulations protecting rivers, streams, and wetlands which are based on the best available science, and whose implementation will not degrade water quality, contaminate drinking water or increase local flooding, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider reintroducing H.R.6745 - Clean Water for All Act (116th Congress).

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider reintroducing S.1405 - Targeting Environmental and Climate Recklessness Act of 2021.

If elected as a trustee, Rainforest Action Network will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to expand its efforts in conserving rainforests worldwide, including the Amazon rainforest.

Mission: Rainforest Action Network preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns. RAN works toward a world where the rights and dignity of all communities are respected and where healthy forests, a stable climate and wild biodiversity are protected and celebrated.

If elected as a trustee, Sierra Club Foundation will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate and work for cleaner rivers and streams.

About: The Sierra Club Foundation promotes efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. Founded in 1960, we work with individual and institutional donors to maximize financial support for strategic campaigns, provide flexible funding for innovation, help build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations that further our shared environmental goals.


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Trustee Election - Opening Date
July 4, 2022
Trustee Election - Closing Date
July 11, 2022