The U.S. Senate is now considering a bill that would exempt pesticide protections from the Clean Water Act. The bill passed the Agricultural Committee two weeks ago, but several Democratic Senators have expressed opposition, and now California Senator Barbara Boxer has put a hold on the bill so that it can't go any further without her agreement or unless the bill is amended.
Baykeeper mobilized 120 environmental groups around the country to oppose this bill, which threatens the health of waterways across the country. We're pleased to see that our advocacy is working. Thank you to the hundreds of our members who have spoken up for protecting waterways from harmful pesticides. We’ll continue closely monitoring the issue and let you know as soon as further action is needed.
Photo credit: Cynthia Gause, California Department of Boating and Waterways