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Screenshot of methane leak in Butler County via Earthworks
March 24, 2017

Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the strongest regulations in the country to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production and storage.

Clean Water Action and our allies led the charge to get these regulations in place.

A view of the Anacostia River with Anacostia Park on the left and Seafarer's Yacht Club on the right
March 24, 2017

Clean Water Action is proud to be a member of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC), a community-based coalition to improve Anacostia River parklands, increase access to parklands for local communities, and create a healthy river adjacent to thriving neighborhoods. The National Park Service is updating their management plan for Anacostia Park, an important step forward for realizing APACC's goal of creating a world class urban park in time for the 2018 Anacostia Park centennial.

An aerial view of Sparrow's Point in Baltimore County, with the FSK Bridge and Baltimore City in the background.
March 23, 2017

For centuries, Baltimore has been a hub for dirty energy sources and manufacturing 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, fossil fuel development has made Baltimore fail to meet health-based air quality standards, displaced residents, and lost residents jobs when changing economics moved manufacturing elsewhere.  The city h

March 23, 2017

Eversource (and before it NSTAR) has been spraying herbicides on long stretches of its transmission line rights-of-way (ROW) for years at great risk to those in the surrounding areas. These ROWs are close to homes, public spaces, and above an EPA-designated sole-source aquifer. NSTAR/Eversource has been spraying without the consent of those affected by these harmful chemicals, and in violation of state regulations set for them in the Massachusetts Pesticides Control Act (M.G.L. c.132), the Pesticide Board’s rights of way management (333 CMR 11.00), and the Yearly Operational Plans (YOP).

A picture of Little Tuscarora Creek in Frederick County. The banks are slightly eroded.  Several mature trees are leaning over toward the water on the left, while newly-planted trees are on the right.
March 22, 2017

In the 1970s, 88% of American children had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Today that number is less than 1%.  Bald eagles, once nearly extinct, have made a dramatic comeback.  The US has cut air pollution 70% while our economy has tripled.  

March 20, 2017

Many of the issues that environmental non-profits work on are problems that people of color (POC) face daily, but last year, as I attended a Clean Water Action staff retreat I looked around and noticed that the majority of the people there were white. I have a feeling that this is common in many environmental groups across the country. So why is it that POC, who are most impacted by environmental destruction, are not represented in the organizations that work to combat and address the harmful threats to their lives?

Beards Creek. Laura Melamed - Clean Water Action
March 17, 2017

Outside is my office. That’s why I love working at Clean Water Action.

Green beer / photo: flickr.com/diamondduste (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
March 17, 2017

St Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, but one custom that has always fascinated me is people's willingness to drink green beer.

A rally in Annapolis in March 2012 for the Maryland Offshore Wind Act
March 16, 2017

Five years ago, as a student at St. Mary's College of Maryland, I spent much of March calling legislators and traveling back and forth from St.

question mark / photo: flickr.com/debord (CC BY-NC 2.0)
March 14, 2017

Last week, we introduced you to Donald Trump’s “beachhead hires” at EPA – executive branch staff who can be influential in determining an agency’s mission under a new President. Today, we’ll take a look at the Department of Energy beachhead hires.