If water is a way of life, then the Southern way of life is under attack. Here is how the Southern Environmental Law Center is fighting new threats to our water.

In parts of Appalachia, it’s said that if you dream of muddy water, bad luck is in your future. The logic is simple: If your water is dirty and tainted, your crops fail, you get sick, and life becomes infinitely more difficult.

For more than 40 years, the Clean Water Act has protected the South’s lakes, rivers, and coastlines from waste dumping and other pollution. Since 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has also worked to protect America’s water, but Washington politicians are stumbling in the wrong direction, proposing to strip away vital protections. Their moves would make it tremendously easy for large corporations to pollute the waters we rely on for so much.

We think it’s the job of clear-thinking Southerners to push the EPA back to the path of protecting our water and air and thus protecting all of us.

Drinking water for almost 20 million Southerners is under threat. Without the basic safeguards of the Clean Water Act, we are at risk of returning to a time of unchecked pollution in our waterways.

Our beautiful lakes and coastlines, where we spend our summers celebrating life with friends and family, could become distant memories if those waters become clouded with toxins. Threats to our water could also tank the South’s $130 billion tourism industry, which so many rely on for their livelihood.


If you have been reading The Bitter Southerner for a while, you know we hold our region’s natural resources in high regard — and we love to publish stories about the agricultural and ecological tapestry that is the South.

That tapestry begins to unravel if clean water protections are taken away. Just imagine if all the farmers we’ve written about had tainted water sources. Without clean water, the safety of our food sources would be threatened because the protections that were once there were taken away.

Join the Southern Environmental Law Center in its fight to keep our waters clean and to preserve the South’s waterways.

We don’t want to dream of muddy water and wake up to discover pollution in the well that our families once drank from, or find that our lakes and rivers no longer have fish to catch and safely eat.

Contact your elected officials and tell them to protect the Clean Water Act and keep our water clean for generations to come.