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Reader's view: New federal rules protect Minnesota’s clean water

Every summer our family fishes in Northeastern Minnesota. We have our favorite spots. As a parent and steward of the environment, I am especially proud of our nation and state for protecting this experience.

However, for the last few years, many of Minnesota’s streams have been vulnerable to industrial pollution. Those waterways not only give us incredible memories with our families but also downstream drinking water, wildlife habitat and clean water for small businesses.

Thanks to the hard work of many citizens, river groups and conservation groups, the new Clean Water Rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers restores protections to the headwater streams and wetlands that feed these rivers and lakes — closing a legal loophole.

That means the water I pour for my grandkids before bedtime is protected again. The lake where we fish every summer is protected again. The water we all count on needs constant vigilance, and new forms of pollution threaten it all the time.

Minnesota’s U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar deserve our thanks for standing up to polluters and for our water. They can be urged to continue to fight for clean water.

Kristin Larsen