This post is in partnership with the Southern Environmental Law Center, but all opinions are my own. This is a topic that I’m passionate about.
There’s no denying the beauty of the Southeast United States, whether you’re traveling through, born and raised in the South, or fell in love and stayed. We’ve called Atlanta home for over two decades and most of our travel adventures happen in the South. Few things are more fun than “Shoot The Hooch” and floating down the Chattahoochee or leisurely kayaking on the Flint River.
I’ll never forget the look on my oldest son’s face when he caught his first fish in Lake Lanier. It was a fun day of boating, tubing and splashing in the water. My Husband added his bait and it was more than a minute in the water before the fish took it. He was so proud and rocked the biggest smile for the rest of the day. Spending time on the water is just Southern tradition for us.
Our family has made countless memories around these precious waterways. I appreciate the efforts that generations made before me to protect them and I want strive to do the same for the next generations. I’d love to make memories at these same locations with my grandchildren too.
What Protects Our Beloved Southern Water
I can thank the Clean Water Act, which was passed in 1972, for protecting the South’s beautiful waters. At the time, Americans wanted to clean up our waterways and air and were motivated to stop polluting our environment. The Clean Water Act was a pivotal move in environmental legislation history.
Since it was passed, the act has protected families, businesses and communities from damage due to unlimited pollution. Over time, community green spaces rose up around the waterways that were once polluted with toxic chemicals and industrial waste. And businesses continued to thrive around the newfound beauty.
Sadly, an unexpected proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency threatens to significantly roll back the Clean Water Act’s protections. The waterways which we live on, source our drinking water from, and make memories around are threatened right now.
While we are all guilty of being busy and consumed with our own lives, now is the time to get involved. It’s about protecting our water for the next generations, regardless of your political associations.
If we come together to show our united passion for clean water, and follow in the footsteps of generations past, we can save the water protections we all depend on. If you’re motivated and passionate, like me, you can read more about the EPA’s proposal and voice your opposition.
Clean water might be under attack, but it’s not too late to do something about it. See how you can make a difference!
Tips For Writing An Effective Letter To Voice Your Opinion
You can help build awareness and momentum about the movement by writing a letter. It urges local government to stand up and take action. Drafting a letter to the editor (LTE) doesn’t take much time and it’s something that everyone can do.
- Before writing your local newspaper, check to see if they have any guidelines that need to be followed before you submit.
- Keep it short and to the point, but share your passions by adding a personal story.
- Open by stating your urgent problem, “As a local resident, I am concerned about efforts to weaken the Clean Water Act, which would allow more pollution into our rivers, lakes, and the drinking water sources that our families and communities use.”
- Describe what’s at stake in your state and throughout the region – why it’s important to you!
- Incorporate important facts and figures.
- Include any background information to support your argument.
- End with a call-to-action
Some papers will have online forms, some will ask you to email them to an editor. Read your letter over twice to make sure your points are clear and there are no typos. Then, follow the instructions and submit your piece. That’s it – you’re making a difference!
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