The Clean Water Blog

We All Live Downstream

Large group of people as seen from above. Credit: Stockernumber2 / iStock
February 20, 2017

It's easy to ignore an email, delete a voicemail, or hang up the phone. It's a lot harder for elected officials to ignore you when you are standing in front of them.

Send a message to the Senate about Scott Pruitt
February 17, 2017

Republicans in the Senate had an opportunity to protect clean water and safeguard public health by rejecting Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator. They didn't take it.

February 15, 2017

Guest post by Gene Lawton, Coalition for Social Justice

February 15, 2017

“We’re all in this together. We’re all humans. And we are a team that should support one another. I hope that someday it’s possible for everyone to have clean water and be healthy”Jackie, 9

When the Youth Tritons swim club contacted us about doing a swimmathon to benefit Clean Water Fund, on the occasion of the Tritons’ 30th Anniversary, we said “Yes!” – of course. Our goal is their goal: fishable, SWIMMABLE, drinkable water, for everyone!

February 15, 2017

Our California Water Program Manager, Jennifer Clary, moderated a well-attended breakout session at the Green California Summit in Sacramento this morning on "Funding Safe and Affordable Drinking Water."

The problem being discussed: There are more residents in California whose drinking water standards are failing than the entire population of Flint, Michigan.

You can take action here now to join us in making the call for the state to create a fund to address the problem.

Image via Oil & Water Don't Mix and National Wildlife Federation
February 14, 2017

For 64 years, there has been crude oil flowing through the Straits of Mackinac.

February 14, 2017

The economic and social impact of climate change on our communities cannot be understated. With the risk of increased flooding and drought, and the Trump Administration’s promise to scrap regulations restricting production of fossil fuels, the need for local authorities and community-based organizations in the development of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies has never been this urgent.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge
February 14, 2017

Last week, I testified at hearings in Annapolis to support Senate Joint Resolution 5 and House Joint Resolution 3, which give Maryland’s Attorney General the authority to decide to sue the federal government over actions or inactions that affect Marylanders.

February 14, 2017

For Valentine’s Day this year, I want a hot date. So back off winter storms, late nights at work, the flu, or anything else that might keep me from my mission.

Chemical industry, I’m talking to you too! Keep your Chlorinated Tris, PBDEs and Firemaster 550 away. I’m looking to fan the flames of love, and your fire-retardant chemicals have no part in my V-day plans.

Love letters to the fossil fuel industry
February 14, 2017

Usually I don’t mind taking credit for a blossoming romance – especially a high profile one with unprecedented acts of devotion – but this time I have to clear the air.