Clean Water Rules! Understanding the EPA's Clean Water Act Update
Americans love clean water. We use it for drinking, recreating, and doing business. Acknowledging our reliance on clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Clean Water Act in 1972 to control pollutants entering our water. Since that time, several Supreme Court cases have muddied the waters making it harder for the EPA to prove jurisdiction over certain waters. The EPA is working to set the record straight and clarify which waters they have jurisdiction over by creating the Clean Water Rule, an update to the Clean Water Act.
Join us for an evening of learning more directly from U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Administrator will give the keynote address on the Clean Water Rule including what exactly it is, what it means, and where it stands today.
The forum will also include Congressional statements and a panel with Q&A opportunities. Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Congressman Keith Ellison's office and Congressman Rick Nolan's office will issue statements in support of the Clean Water Rule. The panel will consist of representatives from the State, and the business, agriculture, and water quality communities. More specifically, the panel will include:
· Jill Bathke, Natural Resource Scientist, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Ms. Bathke will take questions on the history and future of the Clean Water Rule.
· Doug Norris, Wetland Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Mr. Norris will discuss the need for clarification of the Clean Water Rule.
· Josh Reinitz, Farmer, Henderson, MN
Mr. Reinitz will discuss the impact of the Clean Water Rule on his farm.
· Tony Vavricka, Owner, Hard Water Sports
Mr. Vavricka will speak about the importance of clean water for the outdoor recreation industry in Minnesota.
Don't miss this one-time opportunity to hear directly from the U.S. EPA Administrator and key stakeholders about this important step forward for clean water, and show your support!