Clean Water Act needs wide sweep

Clean Water Act needs wide sweep

I'm writing in response to the article titled "Proposed revisions to Clean Water Act alarm farmers."

Currently the Clean Water Act only protects water that is navigable by boat, which leaves 55 percent of the streams and wetlands in the eight Great Lake states at risk of more pollution. Clean water is a pressing issue and one that needs to be taken seriously.

Just look at the situation that happened in Toledo, Ohio, recently. The Erie River water quality was so bad that the town had to stop using its water for three days. That's right, no drinking water, no showers, no flushing the toilet. On a larger scale, hospitals canceled surgeries because they didn't have water to sterilize their instruments and restaurants shut down without water to cook with.

The scary thing is, the algae in Lake Erie is already evident in many Illinois waterways, so it is just a matter of time before something like this happens to Lake Michigan. And what is the cause for the build up of this algae? Runoff and pollution from farms is one of the big reasons. Don't farmers rely on clean water for their crops and animals?

Everyone would benefit from restoring the Clean Water Act to its original intentions.

It is our duty to preserve our precious natural resources for the years to come, and the reformation of the Clean Water Act would do just that.

SHANNON KELLY

Elmhurst

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