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Ohio Water Could Get “Anniversary Present” From Congress

October 18, 2007

Columbus, OH – Today's the 35th anniversary of the federal "Clean Water Act," and supporters say the law needs an anniversary gift from Congress in order to ensure protection for all Ohio waterways. Joan Mulhern with Earthjustice explains recent court decisions have chipped away at the water protection law, exempting many wetlands and headwater streams and exposing them to pollution. She worries this will create problems downstream in Ohio, literally, unless Congress passes the proposed "Clean Water Restoration Act."

"These headwaters are, of course, where major rivers in Ohio are born. If they become polluted or filled and destroyed, as could be the case if Congress doesn't pass this bill, then all of the state's waters could be affected. All the uses designated in Ohio -- including fishing, swimming, recreation, and drinking water -- could be at risk."

Mulhern points to statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, showing as many as half of Ohio's streams could be at risk. Ohio Representatives Kucinich, Kaptur, Sutton, and Ryan have sponsored the Clean Water Restoration Act, and a House committee hearing is scheduled for the bill today.

Opponents say revising the Act would pose a burden for businesses. Mulhern argues Ohio could lose both economic and environmental remuneration if Congress does not pass a new, tougher version of the 35-year-old Act that addresses modern-day threats to water quality.

Rob Ferrett/John Robinson, Public News Service - OH