Protect Missouri's Rivers
Short-sighted legal decisions have left two-thirds of Missouri's streams and hundreds of acres of wetlands vulnerable to pollution and development. Now, polluters’ allies in Congress are trying to block the EPA from restoring vital safeguards. To protect Missouri's rivers, we need to show massive public support for clean water.
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.
Tell the EPA that you want to see all of Missouri’s waters protected.
- Two-thirds of Missouri's streams and hundreds of acres of wetlands are vulnerable to pollution and development
- 2.4 million Missourians rely on drinking water from rivers and streams.
- ExxonMobil threatened “legal warfare” if the EPA moves forward with its plan to restore Clean Water Act protections.