WE NEED YOUR VOICE- ACT NOW
A great way to support our efforts is by using your voice, sending emails, making phone calls and attending public hearings. Our Action Alerts will keep you informed about issues that threaten our waterways, wildlife, families and future. You can make a big difference as an advocate; even the smallest voice can be powerful. Please help us protect clean water. Review our Action Alerts below and join us in our mission, ensuring fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for our families and our future.
March 3, 2017
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PROSPEROUS AND POLITICAL RIVERS PROTECT CLEAN WATER
Oppose new legislation aimed at protecting polluters not people!
Our laws, including the SC Constitution, guarantee parties affected by a permitting decision the right to due process, which includes notice, an opportunity to be heard in a meaningful way and judicial review. Citizens and interested groups have the right to question, submit comments and challenge projects that may cause irreparable harm to the environment, public health and our drinking water.
Environmental organizations like Winyah Rivers Foundation are not abusing our legal processes, or wasting taxpayer money and costing jobs. Utilizing the legal avenues established by our laws is not an abuse of process.
Our mission is to protect clean water and the rivers in our watershed, to ensure they are fishable, swimmable and drinkable for our families and our future.
Our goal is to ensure that over 85,000 citizens have clean, healthy drinking water. No law should take away their rights’ to protect the 15.43 billions of gallons of water that sustain them.
The outdoor recreation and tourism industry is a thriving and critically important sector of South Carolina and our region's economy, generating $18 billion in consumer spending, 201,000 direct SC jobs, $4.7 billion in wages and salaries, and $1 billion in state and local tax revenue. Those are direct local benefits, local revenues and local jobs and they are dependent on a clean and healthy environment. Our economy will suffer if polluters discharge pollutants into any of our communities’ waters, including wetlands, streams, lakes, and rivers.
Let’s show our elected officials how much their constituents cherish the beautiful area in which we live, how much we love to fish and swim and paddle on our local rivers, and how important clean water and a healthy environment is to us all.
OPPOSE HR 1179 Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act
From the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP): A controversial bill introduced by Congressman Tom Rice would not actually discourage frivolous lawsuits, as Rice has stated. It would make it easier to contaminate drinking water though, and more difficult for citizens to do anything about it. SCELP attorney Amelia Thompson states that it "repeals the ability to protect against discharge of pollution into many areas, including municipal water supplies." In his statements, Rice does not discuss or defend that portion of his bill to amend the Clean Water Act. Don't be fooled, read the bill for yourself. Your drinking water, your voice, and your rights are at stake.
OPPOSE HR 1105 Clean Water Act, WOTUS Rule
"The Clean Water Rule is a measured, reasonable, and lawful application of sound and uncontroverted science to protect our nation’s upstream source waters. We rely on these waters to ensure clean drinking water, recreation, and viable commercial fishing and navigation. Abandoning the Clean Water Rule will allow uncontrolled pollution of these critical water resources. It could also harm the competitiveness of our state economies by forcing us to spend more to clean up the pollution of deregulated waters coming from upstream states that refuse to control such pollution." -New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
OPPOSE BILL H.3529
"With the return of the Auxilliary Container Bill as H. 3529, the League of Women Voters and many other groups have submitted comments to the House Labor, Commerce and
Industry Committee to defeat this bill. LWV member Ernestine Allen’s letter to the editor “Plastic Bags Hurt the Environment” was published in the Horry Independent on January 26th, 2017. The need to address this bill is evident- in addition to removing local control of a portion of the waste stream, it would inhibit County residents from addressing toxic litter issues in our water bodies." -Grace Gifford
Oppose Bill H.R.1105
Oppose Bill H.3529