Kingston in 2008. Lake Michigan in 2011. North Carolina in 2014. None of these toxic coal ash spills should have happened, but because of decades of lax regulations, they did. Take action today and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that you are fed up with coal-burning power plants poisoning our water with lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and other nasty chemicals - click here!
We will be celebrating progress in our ongoing campaign to build a culture of water conservation in Texas. Since last year's Spring for Water event, we secured passage of Senate Bill 198, which no longer allows homeowner associations in Texas to ban xeriscaping. Since the bill's passage, we have held community meetings in Dallas, Houston, Fredericksburg, Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Bastrop, Pflugerville, and many more, to assist HOAs in revising their landscaping practices in a way that achieves the maximum benefit from the new law. Our meetings bring together HOA board members and residents, landscaping experts, HOA management companies, municipal water conservation staff, and other key stakeholders. We are proud to announce that numerous HOAs now give broad latitude to homeowners wishing to xeriscape as a direct result of our outreach. For example, right after hearing one of our presentations, four HOAs in Dallas amended their landscaping rules to allow residents to reduce turf grass coverage in their front yards from 100% to 25%!
By Lynn Thorp, National Campaign Director
Actually, it’s a complicated question. But one thing is certain. Coal plants and other facilities should not be contaminating our rivers, lakes, streams and drinking water sources with arsenic or any other toxic metals and chemicals. That is why it has been puzzling to see the reaction to the coal ash spill into the Dan River from a recent Duke Energy coal ash disposal site in Eden NC. This enormous spill has been chronicled by my colleague Jennifer Peters here and here and has made national news. Local water treatment plants have said that the spill does not pose problems for them because they are able to remove the contaminants in the ash. This is a good thing, though it demonstrates that once again our nation’s Public Water Systems have to clean up toxic waste that should have been prevented upstream. Read more.