… which is why we here at Trout Unlimited are scratching our heads at a U.S. House of Representatives vote today that essentially forbids the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing its guidance language for the Clean Water Act so industry and other developers know the proper boundaries and best practices when working around sensitive waters.
Here’s the kicker, though. The guidance language pertains mostly to small, headwater streams and irreplaceable wetlands all over the country–as anglers, we know these fragile streams are home to some of our best wild and native trout populations, and they’re where the bulk of our salmon and steelhead spawn.
Additionally, they provide some of the best fishing in America. If we can’t keep these waters clean–and if Congress can’t see why that’s important–we have real problems.
The good news is that the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, where the amendment can get a second chance, and we can allow the Corps to implement its balanced, common-sense guidance language for the Clean Water Act and duly protect our invaluable headwater streams and the fishing opportunities they provide us.
Please contact your state’s senators and let them know that the Clean Water Act is not something to manipulate … that clean water is the most vital ingredient to healthy fish and game habitat, hunting and fishing opportunity, and healthy communities all over America.
Hopefully the Senate can put politics aside and vote for clean water. Is that too much to ask?