Field & Stream Backs Clean Water


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In his article, "Five Crucial Conservation Goals for Sportsmen", Bob Marshall ranks passing the Clean Water Restoration Act number one on the list of imperative issues facing outdoorsmen today. Read the article, then act today-call, e-mail or fax your legislators to let them know that, as an American citizen and sportsman, you care about clean water.

For more than 30 years, the Clean Water Act has protected America's waters from pollution and destruction. But in 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that the law never intended to protect isolated wetlands like prairie potholes, where the majority of North America's waterfowl breed each year. Ducks Unlimited scientists and supporters disagree.

"What some of the justices didn't fully understand when they considered these Clean Water Act cases, is that there is no such thing as an 'isolated wetland,'" said Scott Yaich, Ducks Unlimited director of conservation operations. "They're connected and crucial to the health and vitality of America's waterways, whether that be through groundwater, surface connections or other avenues. If we want to protect our waters-and waterfowl-we must protect our wetlands."

For more information on the Clean Water Restoration Act and what you can do to help, visit Ducks Unlimited's Clean Water Action Center. There, you can contact Congress; write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or simply help spread the word to friends, family and fellow sportsmen.

As the Field & Stream article says, "This is an easy but very important fix. Pass the Clean Water Restoration Act and provide a new wetlands guidance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency that will remove any ambiguity about what can and should be protected."

Kudos to Field & Stream for speaking out on this critical issue!

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