Cardin, Environmental Organizations, Students to Celebrate Delivery of Petitions in Support of Clean Water Act Protections and ‘Waters of the U.S. Rule’

Upon 42nd anniversary of Clean Water Act, Senator to join call for clarity following muddy SCOTUS decisions

Wednesday, October 22 at 12:00PM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, will participate with federal officials and a diverse coalition of clean water advocacy organizations in a press conference on the banks of the Anacostia River in Bladensburg, Md., to call for renewed clarity in the Clean Water Act. The event will hail the delivery to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of thousands of comments from Americans who have written to support a federal proposal to restore protection for the nation’s streams and wetlands. The event coincides with the arrival in Bladensburg of scores of schoolchildren who will be paddling the Anacostia River as part of Wilderness Inquiry’s “Canoe Mobile.” This program connects kids to their local waterways in a dozen cities across the country.

“Clean water is too important to our families, and the vital habitats for our country’s fish and wildlife, for its protections to continue to undergo legal limbo,” said Senator Cardin. “After two Supreme Court decisions muddied the country’s most fundamental water protection law, it’s essential that we restore the Clean Water Act’s clarity through the protections proposed by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule.”

WHAT:          Press Conference on Restored Clean Water Act Protections  

WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Ken Kopocis, Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Water

Marie Therese Dominquez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Army

Robert Wendelgass, President and CEO, Clean Water Action

James Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society

Chad Lord, Senior Director for Water Policy, National Parks Conservation Association

Chad Dayton, Director of Programs and Partner Relations, Wilderness Inquiry

WHEN:          Wednesday, October 22 at 12:00 PM

WHERE:        Bladensburg Waterfront Park

                        4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg, MD 20710

HOW:            For more information and to RSVP, media should contactsue_walitsky@cardin.senate.gov

According to the Clean Water Working Group, right now, 60 percent of streams and millions of acres of wetlands across the country aren’t clearly protected from pollution and destruction. In fact, one in three Americans – 117 million people – get drinking water from such waters. Securing clean water downstream means ensuring that there are healthy headwaters upstream. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed strengthening clean water protections through the Waters of the U.S. rule (www2.epa.gov/uswaters), which will bring clarity to language in the Clean Water Act that makes so many streams and wetlands vulnerable.