Thank you for highlighting an important issue, overlooked broadly in the national coverage of Trump signing the spending bill.
Thank you for highlighting an important issue, overlooked broadly in the national coverage of Trump signing the spending bill. Your piece, “Budget Battle-Water Cleanups story” is one of few to touch on an issue near and dear to Illinois: clean water.
Clean water matters to Illinois. From Lake Michigan to the Illinois River, water is an essential part of our state’s landscape and way of life. Illinois’s waterways should be protected for swimming, fishing, drinking water, and wildlife as a basic standard. And yet, pollution still threatens our rivers. For example, our review of EPA compliance data shows that industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Illinois’ waterways 149 times from January 2016 through September 2017.
Yet some in Congress sought to weaken the Clean Water Act through “riders” in the spending bill. Thanks to Senator Durbin, the spending bill not only avoided these riders but also increased funding for protecting Illinois’ rivers, lakes, and streams (such as the Great Lakes as mentioned in this article). Congress, through the leadership of Senator Durbin, chose to protect clean water by investing in the EPA. This was no small feat and we should be immensely grateful for this leadership.