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Clean Water Act protections are crucial to our way of life

Clean water is crucial for Western New Yorkers.

From the Great Lakes to the Niagara River and falls, it is easy to see that our waterways are a way of life. Not only do the lakes provide the water we drink, but these waterways also provide places for us to escape to on a summer day to fish, boat or just relax. Born and raised in North Tonawanda, on any given summer day you will find me at a beach on Lake Erie or riding my bike to Niawanda park to get ice cream and sit on the rocks.

Clean water is critical to our health and quality of life, but the smaller streams that feed and filter New York’s larger waterways are at risk of pollution. Fortunately for us, earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule that would restore Clean Water Act protections to ensure that these waterways get the protection they deserve. If finalized, this rule would restore protections to more than half of New York’s streams and the drinking water for over 11 million New Yorkers.

I’ll be counting on Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand to support this rule so that we can continue to enjoy our waterways now and for years to come.

Samantha Duthe

North Tonawanda