It is currently easier to pollute public waters in the state of Alaska than it is to protect them. Yet, our local food sources and economies depend on clean water to continue. A number of communities throughout Southeast Alaska have taken actions to protect their local waters by nominating them as Tier 3 Outstanding National Resource Waters (ONRW), but the state has refused to act on them. Meanwhile, the state permits dozens of corporations to dump wastewater into our rivers.
The Alaska legislature is currently considering HB 138 - a bill that would make designating an ONRW an impossible hurdle by requiring that ONRW's only be designated through the legislature rather than administratively by the agency responsible for reviewing discharge permits. Why should the public have to go through a political process to protect clean water while corporations only have to fill out an application to pollute?
Sign our petition to the House Resource Committee below calling for a Tier 3 designation process equally as administrative and streamlined as the permit process to degrade our waters.
You can also contact House Resource Committee Co-Chairs, John Lincoln and Geran Tarr, at [email protected] and [email protected] and tell them that it should not be easier to pollute our waters than it is to protect them.