The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is urging the U.S. Senate to oppose the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act (S. 1816).

The bill, according to TFI, would fundamentally change aspects of the Clean Water Act and set water policy precedents that will impact watersheds throughout the United States. "S. 1816 would set a major legislative precedent in federal environmental law, taking the authority and control granted to states and local governments under the Clean Water Act and turning it over to [the Environmental Protection Agency] — a step never before taken in the 38-year history of the law."

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TFI has joined with other agriculture organizations to send a joint letter to the members of the Senate detailing their concerns.