Letter to the Editor: Sen. Kaine needs to support of clean water


Now is the time for Virginians to stand up for clean water. On Feb. 4, a joint hearing attacked the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule intended to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This rule will protect the 28,000 miles of streams in Virginia, including those that feed into the Shenandoah River, that are vulnerable to unchecked pollution.

I would like to thank the dozen local officials that have enthusiastically showed support by signing a letter urging U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine to stand up for the rule. But there is still more to be done.

Like many Virginians, my love for the Shenandoah River began with childhood vacations rafting down the breathtaking rapids, but continues to grow as I learn how vital clean waterways are to our health, economy, and environment. That is why it is imperative that all Virginians voice their support for the restoration of Clean Water Act protections to all streams and wetlands in our state.

To protect the Chesapeake, Shenandoah and the livelihood of the town of Shenandoah, residents must demand that Sen. Kaine speak out publicly in support of clean water.

Julia Keane, Environment Virginia