Water Sentinels - Protecting America's Waters
Mobilizing Citizens and Volunteers
The Sierra Club encourages individuals and families who have been directly affected by water pollution to become spokespeople for our communities. The Clean Water Act clearly defines our lakes, rivers, and streams as 'waters of the United States' -- as invaluable resources belonging to all Americans.
Volunteers are essential to monitoring the quality of America's waters. We hope you will join us.
January 2016 update on the Clean Water Act
On January 13 the House passed the very bad S.J. Res 22 . The good news is that President Obama vetoed it !
For the vote see Roll Call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2016/roll045.xml
S. J. Res. 22 is a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
….. The vote was 253-166 to disapprove an Obama administration water rule.
Twelve Democrats voted with Republicans in support of the measure. One Republican voted against the legislation. 49 Republican cosponsors including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).
The White House strongly opposed the measure.
Opponents to WOTUS said “This rule and the process in which EPA developed it ignored stakeholders, ignored states, and as reports have shown, even ignored concerns from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal agency that was supposed to be co-developing the rule.”