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File #: 170828    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/28/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/5/2017
Title: Urging the President of the United States to Affirm the "Clean Water Rule".
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17082800.pdf, 2. Signature17082800.pdf
Urging the President of the United States to Affirm the "Clean Water Rule".

WHEREAS, On February 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to repeal the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States Rule. The Clean Water Rule is aimed at protecting the nation's rivers, streams and wetlands from pollution by placing them under the purview of the federal Clean Water Act; and

WHEREAS, The Clean Water Rule was an effort by the Obama Administration in 2015, that outlined which bodies of water would be automatically protected by the Clean Water Act, including large bodies like lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and other smaller features that have connections to bigger, navigable waterways. The Clean Water Rule protects approximately two million miles of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Under the Obama Administration, the Clean Water Rule was the result of more than 400 stakeholder meetings, more than one million public comments, and more than 1,200 peer-reviewed scientific publications which showed that the small streams and wetlands that the Clean Water Rule is meant to protect are vital to larger downstream waterways like the Delaware and the Susquehanna; and

WHEREAS, According to the Environmental Working Group, the repeal of the Clean Water Rule could threaten the drinking water of 117 million Americans. More than one-third of Americans get at least some of their drinking water from small streams and more than 72 million Americans rely on small streams for more than half of their water. In 21 different states, small streams were found to provide drinking water for one million or more people. More than five million people in Pennsylvania, New York and Texas get drinking water from small streams, as do more than three million people in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio; and

WHEREAS, Repealing the Clean Water Rule would have far-reac...

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