Discussion Topic: Will Congress Save Our Wetlands?

If you’ve been following along on this, you know that U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 slashed the power of the 1972 Clean Water Act, leaving virtually all of our “geographically isolated” wetlands (between 40 and 80 million acres) unprotected, including the prairie potholes, playa lakes, and rainwater basins that are critically important to waterfowl and other wildlife. The Clean Water Restoration Act, now being reconsidered in Congress, would effectively reinstate the original law’s protections and is backed by numerous sportsman’s groups (several of which will meet this weekend at the Sportsmen’s Clean Water Summit in Albuquerque). Last week, Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) National Director of Conservation Operations Dr. Scott Yaich testified on Capital Hill, saying:

“The nation’s remaining wetlands are at significant risk of loss, and the waterfowl, other wildlife, and related interests that depend upon these wetlands are similarly at risk. Passage of [this] legislation is the only apparent remedy for restoring wetland protections that are at least as strong as those that existed prior to 2001.”

How important is this issue to you? Will you call your or write your representatives now and tell them to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act? Read the full report here.