In the House spending bill for energy and water programs, the majority Republicans voted Wednesday to bar the Army Corps and Environmental Protection Agency from updating Clean Water Act regulations.
No one disagrees that clean water -- and a healthy American River -- is fundamentally important. Without a clean river, generations of people from Carmichael and Rosemont to Rancho Cordova, Fair Oaks, and Folsom would lose out on countless recreational opportunities like rafting, wading, or relaxing on the riverbank.
That's why it is so disappointing that the House voted, yet again, to block the restoration of Clean Water Act safeguards that help keep the American River clean.
As a constituent, I'm thankful that Congressman Ami Bera rejected polluters' influence and chose to stand with the American River by voting down this "dirty water" attack. I urge our senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, to continue holding the line in defense of our rivers, so that the Clean Water Act's goal of making all our waters safe for drinking, swimming, and fishing may one day become a reality.
-- Nathan Weaver, Rancho Cordova