Two-thirds of Missouri's streams at risk

Right now, two-thirds of our streams and hundreds of acres of wetlands are vulnerable to pollution and development. Polluters can dump garbage into streams, developers can pave over wetlands to build strip malls, and the cops on the environmental beat can’t do a thing about it. And it’s not just small streams and wetlands that will suffer — these waterways are the same ones that feed the Meramec, the Current and all of our beloved rivers and help to keep them clean.

Polluters poke holes in Clean Water Act

For nearly 40 years, the Clean Water Act has helped Missouri — and states across the nation — care for and clean up our waterways. Thanks in large part to this groundbreaking law, rivers are no longer so polluted that they catch fire, as Ohio’s Cuyahoga famously did in 1969. Still, much work remains to be done. We need to do more to protect our waters — not less.

Unfortunately, over the past decade, polluters and irresponsible developers have used the courts to put Clean Water Act protections in legal limbo, arguing that the law doesn’t cover the smaller streams and wetlands that feed and clean the Meramec, Mississippi and all Missouri's rivers. They want to throw out nearly 40 years of Clean Water Act protection, leaving polluting industries free to dump into our streams and pave over our wetlands without asking for permission.

The EPA can protect our rivers — but Congress threatens to stand in the way

Since 2006, we have been urging Congress to protect our rivers by simply declaring that the Clean Water Act applies to all of Missouri's — and America’s — waters. But, stymied at every turn by industry lobbyists and powerful special interests, we turned instead to the EPA for action.

Last spring, we joined our national allies in submitting more than 20,000 petitions to Administrator Lisa Jackson, urging her to restore protections to all of our waters. In April, she announced a plan to do just that. But polluters’ allies in Congress won’t give up — and now they’re threatening to stop the EPA from doing its job.

At the same time, powerful corporate interests are preparing for battle: ExxonMobil threatened “legal warfare” if the EPA moves forward with its plan to restore Clean Water Act protections.

Our plan to defend Missouri's rivers

We refuse to let polluters and their allies in Congress open our precious waterways to more dumping and development. We’re bringing together Missourians from all walks of life to protect the Meramec, the Mississippi, and all of our rivers. From anglers to white-water enthusiasts, clergy to scientists, local officials to ordinary families, we all have a stake in keeping our water clean.

With 2.4 million Missourians relying on surface waters for drinking water, it’s no wonder so many people are standing up for clean water. But if we’re going to push past ExxonMobil and other powerful polluters, we’re going to need everyone who cares about Missouri's waters to get involved.

Join our campaign by sending the EPA a message today.

Clean water updates

Report | Environment Missouri

Factsheet: Restoring the Clean Water Act for Missouri

This is a helpful factsheet on the Clean Water Act, threats to Missouri's streams, and the EPA's proposed guidance to protect all of Missouri's waterways.

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Letter to the Editor: We Need Clean Water Act

On the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Environment Missouri urges the Obama Administration to restore protections to Missouri's streams.

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Our new Op-Ed on restoring Clean Water Act protections published in the Columbia Daily Tribune

Environment Missouri's Sarah MacFarland makes the case for closing polluter-backed loopholes in the Clean Water Act and restoring protections to Missouri's streams.

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News Release | Environment Missouri

Missouri Public News Service: Water Bill Leaves "Bad Taste" for Environmentalists

This article from the Missouri Public News Service quotes Environment Missouri's Ted Mathys on the dangers of Congress slipping dirty water policy riders into funding bills.

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News Release | Environment Missouri

Our new Op-Ed on defending the Clean Water Act published in the Springfield News-Leader

Today the Springfield News-Leader published a Environment Missouri's guest commentary, which argues for strong Clean Water Act protections for all of Missouri's streams. Read the commentary below.

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