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April 26, 2017

Our members are familiar with many of the aspects of Clean Water Action advocacy: promoting legislation, endorsing candidates, field and phone canvassing, educational outreach.

Several of our state offices also do direct engagement with the business community to promote best practices on issues like chemical policy and waste management. Our New England offices (Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts) have been working for over a year with management at CVS Health on developing a safer chemical policy. 

April 25, 2017

A few weeks after Maryland's whirlwind of a legislative session, it's time to dive deep on our local level campaigns.  Clean Water Action supporters across Maryland are fighting for clean air and water, healthy communities, a life-sustaining climate, and a meaningful democracy.  Here's what's g

"Oceans are rising and so are we." photo: Clean Water
April 25, 2017

I would argue that there’s still no better way to change the direction our nation is headed in than to wake up early, get on a bus, and join a crowd in our nation’s capitol march for what you believe in.

April 24, 2017

After last week’s hearing, we expect the Howard County Council to vote on CB30 (the Citizens’ Election Fund) on Monday, May 1st.

David Tykulsker award at Clean Water Action conference, by Jenny Vickers
April 21, 2017

"Fighting to leave this world a better place by making the best of what we got," is a driving force behind Clean Water Action's Earth Week Hero, David Tykulsker.

David has been at the heart of our organization since he joined the New Jersey Board in the 1980s. In 2005, he became the National Board of Clean Water Action, a position he still holds today.

April 20, 2017

On March 31st this year, Clean Water Action and the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT, an advocacy group that aims to protect our children from toxic chemicals, held a press event to voice concerns over the use of recycled tire rubber as a ground cover in playgrounds and urge passing of the bill to ban its use.  I saw firsthand the world in which the Coalition works and learned a few things about the legislative process, the 

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April 19, 2017

On April 2nd, Massachusetts lost a great leader and champion of justice and environmental health, Senator Ken Donnelly.  Senator Donnelly was a firefighter of 37 years, former Secretary/Treasurer of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts and the Senator from Massachusetts’ Fourth Middlesex District since 2009. He died of brain cancer.

April 17, 2017

For over a century, Baltimore has been a hub for dirty energy sources and other industry that has put our environment and our communities in danger.   From coal-burning power plants and the BRESCO trash incinerator to crude oil train terminals and the coal export facility in South Baltimore, dirty energy has made Baltimore fail to meet health-based air quality standards, displaced residents, all while failing to supply enough jobs to keep Baltimore's economy strong.  But in the next tw

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April 17, 2017

Everyday is Earth Day here at Clean Water Action. Whether you take small or big steps to protect the Earth, your actions collectively add up to make a difference! We are excited to be a part of an amazing environmental community in New Jersey and nationwide. Together, we are working together to ensure clean water, clean air, and our health is protected now and into the future. After all, there is no Planet B! Please join us at the following upcoming events to make your voice matter and actions count!

April 14, 2017

In November, Howard County residents passed Question A to establish a new way for candidates to run for office. Now, Councilmembers Jon Weinstein and Jen Terrasa have introduced CB30 to finalize the program, and it’s up to the Council to pass it. The program will provide matching funds for small donor contributions to candidates who don’t accept large or corporate contributions.

On April 19th, the County Council is hosting a public hearing to hear input on the program.