1977 Scorecard Vote
Clean Water Act of 1977 (S 1952). The vote is on the Bentsen amendment to Section 404, to restrict the Army Corps of Engineers' jurisdiction and authority to prevent dredging and filling wetlands, including coastal wetlands. This amendment provided for statutory exemptions for various ranching, forestry, farming and construction activities and for certain Congressionally authorized water projects. It also directed the Corps to transfer most of its authority over wetlands to the state governments. Environmentalists opposed the amendment because very few states have effective wetland protection programs, and over 80% of our swamps and marshes would be left virtually unprotected. Wetlands are vital spawning areas for fish, and provide excellent habitat for wildlife. The Carter Administration opposed the Bentsen amendment. Rejected 45-51; August 4, 1977. No is the correct vote.