Hurricane Harvey and Houston Area Floods Highlight Environmental Challenges
Washington D.C. - Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:
We stand united with the hundreds of thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. We are keeping those who are still in harm’s way in our thoughts. The response to the storm is showing us the true character of our country as individuals are helping their neighbors in need, regardless of race, or religion, or gender identity.
There will be severe environmental and public health impacts of the storm and flooding, including significant contamination from the region’s oil and gas industry. We urge state and federal agencies to keep communities safe from this pollution and not circumvent established environmental standards as Houston recovers from this storm.
There is a lot of work to be done to make coastal areas and large cities resilient to storms and flooding – events that are becoming more frequent and more severe due to climate change. This includes protecting coastal wetlands from development so that they can serve as an effective buffer to storms, upgrading and maintaining our drinking water infrastructure, and reducing climate changing emissions to slow the pace of sea level rise.
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.