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Pat Sziber

Co-sponsors Needed for Wetlands Protection Bill
Pat Sziber

As of early May, the Clean Water Authority Restoration Act of 2003 had just 6 co-sponsors in the Senate and 49 in the House of Representatives. Neither of our two NJ Senators nor the Representatives from our chapter area had yet signed on. The Senate version of the Bill, S.473, and the House version, H.R.962, were still in their respective committee or subcommittee at that time.

This Act would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to replace the term "navigable waters," throughout the Act, with the term "waters of the United States." The Act would remedy a 2001 Supreme Court decision that removed federal protection for so-called "isolated" wetlands such as prairie potholes, bogs and playas which provide crucial habitat for shorebirds, raptors, cranes and other migratory birds, including piping plovers and bald eagles. More than half the duck population produced each year in North America comes from breeding activity in the prairie potholes. Isolated wetlands also serve as natural filters for pollutants and are important for flood control and hydrologic recharge.

What you can do: We need to get the NJ Congressional delegation on board. Please contact our two Senators and your U.S. Representative and ask them to sign onto either S.473 or H.R.962, as appropriate. If you do not know whom your representative is, please visit the websites below to obtain their name, phone number, fax number, mailing address, and, where available, e-mail address.



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