1993 Scorecard Vote
Wetlands provide essential fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality by acting as a natural filter for pollutants, protect private and public property against flooding, and serve other valuable functions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the country drains over 290,000 acres of wetlands each year for industrial, energy, or agricultural purposes.
Rep. Jimmy Hayes (D-LA) has introduced H.R. 1330 to weaken provisions of the Clean Water Act designed to protect wetlands, which would devastate federal protection of this vanishing resource. The League of Conservation Voters considers cosponsorship of H.R. 1330 to be an anti-environmental action. Currently there are 130 cosponsors.