From: Surfrider Foundation <enviro@surfrider.org>
To: Gary Sahagen <gsahagen@sensonetics.com>
Subject: Keep our Waterways Clean
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 23:48:37 GMT

Dear Gary Sahagen,

The health of our waters are at risk thanks to a proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA could soon finalize a new policy (called "blending") that would allow inadequately treated sewage to be dumped into the water where we surf and swim, whenever it rains. Tell your representative to block the EPA's policy and co-sponsor the Save our Waters from Sewage Act.

You can take action on this alert either via email (please see directions below) or via the web at: http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/sewage_dump/idnxdx2a57knw8

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this. http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/sewage_dump/forward/idnxdx2a57knw8

We encourage you to take action by June 28, 2005

Stop Sewage Dumping

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
If you have access to a web browser, you can take action on this alert by going to the following URL:

http://actionnetwork.org/campaign/sewage_dump/idnxdx2a57knw8

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA EMAIL:
Just choose the "reply to sender" option on your email program.

Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
Your Congressperson

----THIS LETTER WILL BE SENT IN YOUR NAME----
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I urge you to co-sponsor the Save our Waters from Sewage Act (H.R. 1126).

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a policy that would allow sewage treatment plants to routinely discharge inadequately treated wastewater during rainy weather. The EPA's proposed policy (which it calls "blending") would mix together treated and largely untreated sewage before discharge, allowing sewage-infested wastewater to be discharged without removing most of the bacteria, viruses and other pollutants. These dangerous pathogens would then end up in the water where we surf and swim and could even show up in our drinking water supplies.

More than half of all waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States in the past 50 years were preceded by heavy rainfall. Pathogens in sewage-contaminated waters can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, dysentery and hepatitis, conditions that can be life threatening for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. In addition, sewage in our waters causes beach closures, contaminates shellfish beds and harms fish and other aquatic life.

Representatives Shaw, Stupak, Kirk and Pallone have introduced the Save our Waters from Sewage Act (H.R. 1126), which would block the EPA from finalizing its proposed sewage dumping policy; force the EPA to implement the existing Clean Water Act rules that require full sewage treatment under routine operating conditions; and require public notification of discharges of inadequately treated sewage.

Opposition to dumping sewage into our waters should be overwhelming and bipartisan. Again, please co-sponsor H.R. 1126 now.

----END OF LETTER TO BE SENT----

Sincerely,
Gary Sahagen