Prevent Farm Runoff that can Poison Drinking Water
(H.R. 212)
Date:February 24, 2015
Issue:Ensuring Healthy Soil & Clean Water: Clean Water: Is it Safe to Drink?
375 votes for
37 votes against
The Right Vote Was a Yes Vote
Overgrowths of blue-green algae release poisonous compounds called cyanotoxins, which can cause serious illness or death if they are consumed in drinking water. Agricultural runoff such as sewage from cattle or hogs in large-scale agribusinesses or fertilizers on the soil dramatically increase blue-green algae blooms in drinking water sources like the Great Lakes. This bill amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to specifically assess and plan for management of these cyanotoxins in drinking water.
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  • The blue-green algae that closes our lakes every summer comes from farm runoff into the water. This algae creates toxins that poison the water. Why did you vote against managing farm runoff and cyanotoxins in the Safe Drinking Water Act? (H.R. 212)
  • I checked opensecrets.org to learn about your campaign contributions. You have taken $X from [pesticide manufacturers]. And you voted for there to be fewer bodies of water protected by the Clean Water Act. Why? (H.R. 1732, H.R. 5078)

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