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Crucial Votes on Clean Water Approaching

An important vote is coming as early as next Tuesday, November 3, 2015. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on S. 1140, which would halt the Obama Administration’s near-final rulemaking to clarify longstanding Clean Water Act protections for millions of wetlands and headwater streams that contribute to the drinking water of one in three Americans.
 

Clean Water is Costly

Water is a necessity for all living things. We have a responsibility to act as good stewards of our water, now and for future generations.
 
Nitrates in drinking water can be hazardous to the health of pregnant women, nursing mothers, infant children, and the elderly. Excess nitrogen can enter the water supply anytime rainfall, snow melt, or excess irrigation flows over land and the water picks up pollutants, often from the overuse of chemical fertilizers on lawns and cropland as well as poorly managed animal waste from livestock facilities.
 

Clean Water Can Be Costly

Nitrates in drinking water can be hazardous to the health of pregnant women, nursing mothers, infant children, and the elderly. Methemoglobinemia, or “blue baby” disease, is a significant concern. Nitrates can also lead to uranium contamination, causing kidney damage and elevated blood pressure.

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