Posted by: jblevins | March 12, 2009

Clean Water and Ending Mountaintop Removal

This Lenten season kicked off with the passages from Mark describing the beginning of Jesus ministry. It began with baptism in the water, and moved from there into the wilderness, before emering into public witness. Next week, we have the opportunity to take action to protect our waters and our wilderness.

Next week is End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington DC, and hundreds of people from across the country are coming to call on Congress to put an end to this method of mining that destroys so much of God’s Creation. This year, the week is focused on the recently introduced Clean Water Protection Act, HR 1310.

On Tuesday, March 17th, there is going to be a National Call In Day, in support of the people in DC, calling for an end to Mountaintop Removal Mining, and co-sponsorship and support of the Clean Water Protection Act. Key points to make are:

  • The Clean Water Act is meant to protect, not bury, our rivers and streams. Across the Appalachian coalfields, over 1200 miles of streams are now buried by mountaintop removal.
  • It is estimated that over a million acres of mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal.
  • The Clean Water Protection Act would protect clean drinking water for many of our nation’s cities.
  • The Clean Water Protection Act is also necessary to protect the quality of life for Appalachian coalfield residents who face frequent catastrophic flooding and pollution or loss of drinking water as a result of mountaintop removal.
  • As people of faith, mountaintop removal decimates God’s Creation, and limits peoples access to clean water – a gift from God.

Call your House Representative at 202-224-3121, or click here to send them an email. For more information, visit



  1. I’m all about clean water, forest cover and a future!

  2. I am not happy with destroying of our mother EARTH! it makes me sad 😦 please stop it !!! with love, Tibor

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