We are nearly speechless about the audacity of the Barrasso-Heller Amendment to H. R. 2354 that the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on in a few days.

This rider to the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill would permanently block efforts to make sure  the most fragile waters are protected by the Clean Water Act. The amendment would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from clarifying the extent to which wetlands and intermittent streams are protected under the Clean Water Act.

We are signing on to the letter from Michigan environmental organizations stating opposition to the amendment. Your voice can and should be heard, too.

HOW TO TAKE ACTION: Call Senators Levin and Stabenow to tell them to VOTE NO on the Barrasso-Heller Dirty Water Amendment to H.R. 2354.

Call the Capitol Hill directory at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected.


The message to convey to the Senators is simple: Ask them to vote NO on the Barrasso-Heller Amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations (H.R. 2354).  A vote for the Barrasso-Heller Amendment is a vote in favor of dirtier water.  A vote against this dirty water amendment is a vote in favor of safer and cleaner water for all Americans.

You can learn more about this amendment by reading this fact sheet from leading national environmental organizations.