The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attacking your state’s right to protect your water.
A new rule proposed by the EPA, under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, would limit your state’s power to protect your waterways from corporate polluters and the fossil fuel industry.
They’re accepting public comments on this proposed rule until Monday, October 21.
Make sure they hear from you!
The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, and it’s kept billions of pounds of toxic pollution out of America’s waterways. But now the EPA wants to weaken those protections by catering to fracked gas pipelines, coal plants and other dirty energy sources that could devastate and pollute your waterways.
Fill out the form below to demand that the EPA keep our waters safe and clean.
The Volstead Act
October 28, 1919
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Serving a total of 10 terms in the House of Representatives, Andrew Volstead of Minnesota chaired the Judiciary Committee in the 66th and 67th Congresses (1919-1923).
On this date, the 66th Congress (1919–1921) overrode President Woodrow Wilson’s veto of the National Prohibition Act. Known as the Volstead Act (H.R. 6810), after Judiciary Chairman Andrew Volstead of Minnesota, this law was introduced by the House to implement the Prohibition Amendment by defining the process and procedures for banning alcoholic beverages, as well as their production and distribution. When Volstead introduced an earlier version of the law (H.R. 3458) on May 27, 1919, Democrats countered with what would be known as the “wet law,” or repeal of the Wartime Prohibition. The battle between the “wets” and the “bone-drys,” as Prohibition supporters were known, ensued that summer in the House. In one debate, Chairman Volstead defended the act, stating “The American people have said that they do not want any liquor sold, and they have said it emphatically by passing almost unanimously the constitutional amendment.” With a Republican majority in the House, the law passed the chamber convincingly on July 22, 1919 with a vote 287 to 100. The Volstead Act remained in effect until the passage of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition in 1933.
This week brought tragedy for Pacific Northwest wildlife. Three Southern Resident Killer Whales were declared dead, leaving this tiny population with only 73 whales.
Our orca are starving, and salmon returns to the Snake and Columbia Rivers this year are only 1/3 of the ten-year average. We need bold action to protect our waters and the wildlife who depend on them. The significant problems we’re facing won’t be solved by the weak, disappointing Fish and Wildlife Plan being offered by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC).
The NWPCC provides direction to the Bonneville Power Administration, which markets the power from our dams. Every five years they update their plan to protect our fish and wildlife from the damage our dams inflict upon them. So far, NWPCC’s Fish and Wildlife plans have fallen way short — now is the time to demand a new vision with bold, comprehensive action. Our salmon are running out of time, and the orca that need chinook salmon from these rivers are running out of time as well — we can’t wait!
Tell the NWPCC to abandon this weak approach and make the strongest plan for our precious waters, salmon, and orca! Send in your comment today!