Wasting our waterways

06/19/2014 6:06 PM

06/21/2014 8:08 AM

San Francisco Bay is a treasure all Californians enjoy, but the Bay is contaminated with toxic waste. Environment California Research & Policy Center's report, "Wasting Our Waterways," ranks San Francisco Bay as the fourth polluted nationally iconic watershed, with 1.67 million pounds of toxins discharged in 2012.

The Clean Water Act passed in 1972 to protect our waters, but lawsuits brought by polluters put 140,000 miles of California's streams at risk of losing this protection.

We cannot let tons of toxins into California's waters. The Environmental Protection Agency is closing the loopholes in the Clean Water Act, but big polluters are weakening the EPA's actions.

The San Francisco Bay is part of what makes California great. The EPA must restore the Clean Water Act protections to save California's waterways for future generations.

-- Jonathan D'Souza, Environment California Research & Policy Center, Sacramento

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