Nearly 200 people rallied in Dover on June 6 to celebrate the release of the Clean Water and Flood Abatement Task Force Report, urge decision makers to implement the recommendations within the report and advocate for additional clean water funding.

After gathering outside of Legislative Hall, citizen advocates spoke with Gov. John Carney and their local legislators to explain why clean water funding is personally important to them.

The rally was part of the Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice campaign, a statewide outreach and education effort focused on securing additional funding for clean water.

Rally attendees included Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. David McBride, State Sen. Bryan Townsend, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn Garvin, academic experts on clean water, conservationists, community leaders, industry representatives and residents around the state.

"Nothing affects our everyday lives, our economy and our environment more than water quality,” said Townsend. “When we don’t make clean water a priority, we’re saying our health and our economy aren’t priorities either. Over the last year, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a chair of the Clean Water and Flood Abatement Task Force, where we studied the state’s most pressing water management issues; identified the most efficient and effective solutions to these problems; and crafted legislation that would help raise the funds needed to greatly improve Delaware’s water quality. I look forward to the day this legislation becomes law so Delaware can stand up as a leader in demonstrating effective solutions to pressing public policy issues.”

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