Safeguard our water and restore Clean Water Act

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 15 2014 | 3:35 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:41 am in

The Gazette’s Feb. 1 Fact Checker “Water quality” points out that many of Iowa’s waters are contaminated with pollutants including bacteria, algae and nitrates. There are more than 600 rivers, streams and lakes that are unsafe for swimming, fishing or sourcing drinking water.

Our nation created the Clean Water Act to prevent this situation. Unfortunately, several legal cases put into question which waters are protected under the act. I encourage President Obama and his administration to restore the Clean Water Act protections to safeguard more of our valuable and increasingly scarce water resources.

Alexandra Ward

Environment Iowa Clean Water Campaign Coordinator

Des Moines


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