Monday, April 22, 2019


As we celebrate Earth Day, I want to take a moment to thank each of you for your hard work and dedication to protecting public health and the environment. Our Nation is blessed with magnificent land and waterways, abundant natural resources, and unique wildlife. I know that each and every one of us is committed to ensuring that all Americans can continue to enjoy and benefit from these natural gifts for generations to come.
This Earth Day, I will be joining DC Water and Japan’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Sugiyama, out on the Anacostia River highlighting one of the top environmental challenges facing the world today—marine litter. 
Increasing recycling and reducing marine litter is just one of the many ways that EPA is working to address a host of water issues both domestically and internationally. From providing access to clean and safe drinking water, to cleaning up rivers and waterways, to improving water infrastructure, we are elevating our efforts to address these important issues.
Today, and throughout the rest of the week, EPA senior leadership and staff will be participating in events to highlight our work to address water issues, celebrate our accomplishments, and serve our communities.