ASBN is bringing together a broad variety of business voices to advocate for reduced nutrient pollution, better water infrastructure, and policies that make businesses more resilient to floods and droughts. In the end, we hope our work shifts the dialogue on water issues so that there is a greater balance of business perspectives, including the economic reasons for sensible clean water regulations. To join our efforts, endorse the Clean Water is Good for Business principles below.
ASBN would like to highlight stories of how specific waters are significant to the success of your business and/or the well-being of your community economically and ecologically. We are looking for stories about waters that include small streams, wetlands, waters that are downstream to small streams or wetlands, or waters that are important to you in any way.
Deteriorating water quality and increased flooding threaten businesses and their communities across America. Investment in modernizing our nation’s failing water infrastructure will improve water quality, help us cope with flooding, stimulate the economy, create millions of jobs and save American companies many billions of dollars annually.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps are in the process of revisiting and replacing the 2020 Navigable Water Protection Rule, aka the “Dirty Water Rule,” which was the most severe attack on the Clean Water Act in history. This regulation removed Clean Water Act protections from up to half of the nation’s wetlands and streams.
The Delaware River Basin is a valuable ecological and economic resource that supplies drinking water to five percent of the population of the United States. The Delaware basin contributes over $22 billion in annual economic activity supports 600,000 direct/ indirect jobs with $10 billion in wages in the coastal, farm, ecotourism, water/wastewater, ports and recreation industries. Yet, water runoff and other contamination problems continue to threaten the Delaware River Watershed.
ASBC in partnership with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is bringing together a broad variety of business voices to advocate for reduced nutrient pollution, better water infrastructure, and policies that make businesses more resilient to floods and droughts. In the end, we hope our work shifts the dialogue on water issues so that there is a greater balance of business perspectives, including the economic reasons for sensible clean water regulations.
Making the Business Case
These reports contain clear and compelling business and economic benefits exist for our policy positions. In fact, most of our policy positions include ones that have been painted by others as bad for business. These documents can be used to help educate policymakers and others about how policies based on sustainable principles can be good for all stakeholders, including the planet.
Andy Tveekrem, Brewmaster + Co-Founder, Market Garden Brewery on Carbon Pricing