Organizations in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia create the community of the Choose Clean Water Coalition. More than 200 members strong, we are the committed advocate and one voice to restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its thousands of rivers and streams.
While restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay will take many steps, Coalition member Environment America has its eyes focused on one step that is squarely before us: restoring protections of the Clean Water Act to thousands of waterways in the Bay watershed and across the nation. As stewards of the Bay, we know that wetlands are the “kidneys of the ecosystem” and provide vital habitat for wildlife. And we know that to restore the Bay itself, we must protect the streams and creeks that feed it. Unfortunately, court decisions in polluter-driven lawsuits created a huge loophole that left thousands of streams and 20 million acres of wetlands beyond the clear protection of the Clean Water Act. For these reasons, Environment America has been campaigning for nearly eight years to restore Clean Water Act protections to all of America’s waters. We are on the verge of victory.
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