Aquatic ecosystems are bodies of water that support communities of marine or freshwater organisms dependent upon each other and their environment. Human development, encroachment and pollution have damaged more than 70% of our nation’s rivers and streams -some of them severely. Nearly 40% of our nation’s rivers and streams do not meet standards for swimming safety or fishing sustainability. Non-point source pollution such as soil erosion from logging, oil runoff from urban streets, acid mine drainage and nutrients from farm fertilizers are blamed for some of the destruction to our streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, islands, wetlands, beaches and vernal pools. Healthy aquatic ecosystems greatly benefit us by filtering pollutants from our water supply and reducing the strength of storms, hurricanes and flooding. They also provide countless recreational opportunities for millions of Americans. Advocates say that in order for these degraded ecosystems to regain their functionality they must be returned to their original condition -or as close to it as possible.
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I oppose reforming current aquatic habitat policy
I support establishing a National Clean and Safe Water Fund for the EPA to carry out water quality projects including: wetland protection and restoration projects; contaminated sediment projects; drinking water source protection projects; land acquisition projects for water quality protection, and wish to identify a legislator who will reintroduce S.1539 – National Clean and Safe Water Fund Act of 2003 (108th Congress 2003-2004)