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Clean water at risk 

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As a Coloradan and school nurse working daily to protect the health of kids and families, it is alarming to see the Trump administration recklessly put sources of clean water and the well-being of our state at great risk. With a swift and near-constant two year assault, the Trump
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 administration has erased nearly half a century's worth of progress, doing all it can to ensure fewer safeguards for thousands of miles of waterways that provide water to support countless everyday activities. Their latest attempt: replacing the 2015 Clean Water Rule—which they recently repealed—with their own Dirty Water Rule. This change is even opposed by the EPA's own science advisors who declare that it will decrease protection for our Nation's water and does not support the agency's stated objective of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of these waters. 

Our drinking water supply has thus far been safeguarded by one of the most important public health achievements in our nation's history: the Clean Water Act. But the original law left much of its implementation up to the president and Environmental Protection Agency. This means the Trump administration has been free to propose a rule that radically reinterprets the Clean Water Act and will slash protections for Coloradans' drinking water.

I see the correlation between positive health outcomes and a safe environment through my work with kids and families across the state; reliable access to clean water is essential for communities to prosper and grow stronger. Coloradans are committed to defending our water resources to protect our children, and will push our elected officials to reject this attempt to undermine these critical public health protections.

Kathy Reiner

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