Tell Legislators to Protect Illinois Wetlands

One of the many benefits Illinois wetlands provide is serving as a rest stop for migratory birds on their long journeys. © Laura Stoecker

Tell Your Friends

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision rolled back federal protections for millions of wetlands and waters across the country. As a result, Illinois is now one of the states most at risk of losing critical wetlands that are essential to people and nature.

Across Illinois, healthy wetlands aid in filtering contaminants and pollutants from our water supply. They protect against flooding, by acting as natural sponges to soak up excess water after heavy rains. And they support healthy habitats and populations of local wildlife, which are essential to tourism and recreation that support our economy. But the recent ruling by the Supreme Court has left them vulnerable.

We’ve already lost nearly 90% of the wetlands in Illinois. As we face a changing climate and increasing extreme weather events, we can’t afford to lose any more.

Tell your legislators to vote “Yes” and cosponsor SB771, which will protect Illinois wetlands for generations to come.

This letter will be delivered to:

  • Your Illinois State Senator
  • Your Illinois State Representative

Protect Illinois Wetlands

As your constituent, I’m calling on you to cosponsor and then vote “yes” on SB771—legislation that protects wetlands throughout Illinois.

Wetlands provide so much for us—purifying the water we drink, protecting homes and businesses from flooding and supporting local wildlife. Yet the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to roll back U.S. Clean Water Act protections now makes Illinois one of the states most at risk of losing our remaining wetlands.

By supporting SB771 and becoming a cosponsor, you can help safeguard the waterways and wetlands that play a critical role in the health and well-being of all people and nature across Illinois.

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