PRESIDENT TRUMP--REPLACE LEAD PIPES
All life springs from water. Too much or too little can bring catastrophe. It is a fundamental need of all people, yet 1 of every 6 people lacks access to safe drinking water. Two million people--most of them children--die each year from waterborne disease. Thus, water-related projects and policies are fundamental concerns in efforts to build healthy, sustainable communities.
We all know that President Trump wants to build a wall along our southern border. The cost of that border wall will be $25 billion. For the cost of that wall, we could help kids across the United States from getting lead poisoning from their drinking water. Think of Flint, Michigan! Congress has approved $100 million to help Flint residents (still short of what they really need), but their pipes still have not been replaced to make their water drinkable.
Flint is not the only U.S. city with lead problems in their water. Cities across our great nation have the same problem and need federal money to clean up the problem. The money that we spend on a wall to keep immigrants out of our country can be better used to clean up our water infrastructure. Please contact President Trump and your federally elected officials in Congress and tell them to put our money to better use. Our lead service water lines need to be replaced, and between 15 million to 22 million Americans have these lines bringing water into their homes.
President Trump also wants to privatize our water systems. Some of our readers may have heard of cities around the world that have privatized their water. It doesn't work for consumers, only corporate interests. This, too, is a bad idea, and we must make our thoughts known to our President. We don't want water corporations to sell back water to communities at inflated prices.
Please tell President Trump and your members of Congress to put safe water first by replacing lead pipes and forget the idea of privatizing our water.
Another problem, especially for those of us who live around the Great Lakes, is President Trump's 2018 budget proposal to completely eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This initiative has been used to clean up the lakes from harmful industrial pollution among other things. When you contact President Trump and your elected officials, put in a good word for the Great Lakes as well.
Contact information for President Trump:
President Donald J. Trump
White House Switchboard: 202-456-1414
White House FAX: 202-456-2461
Leave a comment for President Trump at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Thanks for taking action on all three of these efforts.
MINNESOTA WATER ACTION--STANDING STRONG FOR CLEAN WATER
Back in 2015, Governor Mark Dayton passed a buffer initiative in our state. That rule established green strips of perennial vegetation along rivers, streams, and ditches to help filter out pollutants like phosphorus, sediment and nitrogen. Unfortunately, the 2017 Legislature is advancing bills that roll back these vital protections for water quality and wildlife habitat. Some proposals roll back buffer protections that have been in place for many years before 2015. Those of us who want to protect Minnesota waters from farm runoffs, etc. need to take action.
Please take a minute or two to call Governor Dayton and ask him to oppose any buffer rollbacks. He can be reached at 651-201-3400.
Thanks for taking action to save Minnesota water.
--Question: Approximately how long does it take for a plastic water bottle to decompose?
Answer: According to the EPA, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose. Differenct kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is 450 years. By one estimate, approximately 50 billion bottles of water are consumed per year in the United States and around 200 billion bottles globally.
--December, 2016--Feds say fracking can taint tap water--Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can contaminate drinking water under some circumstances, the Enivonmental Protection Agency said in a study, a reversal from its previous stance on the side effects of the oil and gas-extraction technique.
--Find out about water in your area: http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm
--Look up information about the Clean Water Act and other legislation designed to protect our gift of water.