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Letter: Clean Water Rule protects our lakes, drinking water

Every summer in Minnesota, we hear about children and dogs getting sick from ingesting water polluted with toxic urban and agricultural runoff. It is a frustrating reminder of the fragility of our water supplies and the importance of taking every step to protect our families.

One way to keep our water safe for drinking, fishing, and swimming is by protecting its source. The new Clean Water Rule issued by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now reinstates Clean Water Act protections for the sources of drinking water for one in every five Minnesota residents.

As a father, angler, and 33-year member of the Izaak Walton League active in the Prairie Woods Chapter here in Detroit Lakes, I think that’s a pretty good rule to have in place. — William Henke M.D., Detroit Lakes