House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) sponsored H.R. 2018, the misnamed Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, which is a blatant assault on the Clean Water Act and on waterways Americans depend on for swimming, fishing, and drinking. Despite overwhelming public support for clean water, the bill would cripple the EPA’s ability to set a minimum “floor” for a state’s water quality standards, blocking the agency’s ability to limit pollution flowing downstream to other waters and also into other states. Further, the bill would allow the destruction of critical water habitat and gut the Clean Water Act provisions that protect streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water from harmful large-scale mining and other destructive projects. On July 13, the House passed H.R. 2018 by a vote of 239-184 (House roll call vote 573). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate has taken no action on this legislation.