2011-12-22 / Letters to the Editor

Obama Administration should restore water act

For Rhode Islanders, Narragansett Bay is a scenic treasure, perfect for boating, fishing and other recreational activities, as well as a foundation of our economy, essential for touristdependent, recreational and marine businesses. As a resident of the Ocean State, I recognize the bay as a wonderful place to visit as well as a defining feature of our state identity.

That’s why it’s so important that the Obama Administration restore protections that safeguard Narragansett Bay from unlimited pollution.

Lawsuits brought before the Supreme Court by big polluters ended three decades of Clean Water Act protections for thousands of streams and millions of acres of wetlands nationwide. Here in Rhode Island, many of the waters currently at risk feed directly into the bay, and nearly 565,000 Rhode Islanders get their drinking water from public supplies fed by streams currently at risk.

President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now have the chance to stand up for Narragansett Bay by restoring the Clean Water Act. I urge the Obama administration to see this essential effort through, bringing us closer to the day when Narragansett Bay and all our waters are safe for swimming, fishing and drinking.

Rachel Beal

Environment Rhode Island

South Angell Street

Providence

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