Action needed now on EPA WaterSense draft spec.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be accepting comments on its latest WaterSense draft specification until July 7, 2009, and plans to issue a final specification in November. As currently drafted, this specification will have a drastic impact on our industry, so we need you to contact our legislators now and ask them to help bring our concerns to the EPA’s attention.
In May, Congressional Water Caucus Cochairs Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and John Linder (R-Ga.) sent a letter to the EPA expressing concern with the proposed turfgrasss deselection and requesting revisions to the specification. We would like you to ask your congressional representatives to consider sending a similar letter to the agency, asking that the landscape provisions be set aside to allow for a stakeholder process to improve the specification and advance the goals of water efficiency.
To make this as easy as possible, the following hyperlinks will take you to documents you can use to contact your senators and representatives about the WaterSense new homes draft specs:
- WaterSense sample constituent letter templates — There are two versions of the letter: one from a lawn care/landscape management perspective and the other from a seed/sod producer perspective. Please use the appropriate letter to write your U.S. senators and House members, and either fax or e-mail it to them. You may personalize it by including information about your own situation, how these draft specs will adversely affect your business, etc.
- Talking points and WaterSense draft landscape criteria in brief — This document contains additional information you can use to include in your letter to make it more personal as well as a brief overview of the draft. The talking points were agreed on by the National Turfgrass Federation board members.
The full draft spec can be found on the Web at http://www.epa.gov/watersense/docs/home_rev-draftspec508.pdf, the water budget tool information can be found at http://www.epa.gov/watersense/docs/home_waterbudget508.pdf, and the EPA WaterSense new homes specs Web site is http://www.epa.gov/watersense/specs/homes.htm.
We would appreciate copies of any communication you have with your U.S. senators and/or House members. Please contact me and forward letters/e-mails, etc. to me so that we know who has been contacted. We can then follow up with that office to encourage them to contact the EPA.
Again, thank for your interest in and action on this issue. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Director of Government Affairs
Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
(703) 736-9668 (fax)