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Blackstone River Waterfall. Photo credit: scott conner / Shutterstock
May 27, 2016

As public attention is focused on drinking water in light of the crisis in Flint, Michigan you would think that clarifying that we want to protect all of our water resources would be a no brainer. But the Clean Water Rule remains tangled up in litigation brought by powerful special interests and some states, including Michigan. 

Record player - Jonas Smith - Flickr - Creative Commons
May 27, 2016

I have had Big Yellow Taxi stuck in my head all week.

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May 26, 2016

It’s been a busy spring at Clean Water Action. We’ve been exposing oil and gas money’s influence on our national politics. We’ve been keeping an eye on Congress to keep them from destroying critical environmental programs through the budget process.

Rosanna Esparza (center) with residents in Kern County
May 26, 2016

This blog is in response to David Brooks’ recent op-ed published in the New York Times on May 17, focused on improving the health and lives of residents in Lost Hills, California, a community in which I work with Clean Water Action. We submitted a letter to the editor to the paper in response to Mr. Brooks' article, but the editors chose not to publish it. Still, you might want to read Mr. Brooks' piece before you dive in, here. 

Beakers. Photo credit: Africa Studios / Shutterstock
May 24, 2016

After years of debate and negotiations to reform the nation's main chemical safety law, the House of Representatives is voting on proposed legislation to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), HR 2576. Unfortunately, although this version is much improved from previous drafts, the bill is still problematic and leaves much to be desired.

Photo licensed via Creative Commmons: Harald Pettersen/Statoil
May 24, 2016

The Massachusetts Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy released a much-anticipated energy "omnibus" bill on May 23rd. The current language focuses on offshore wind and hydropower, with state senators vocally pushing for more comprehensive legislation that includes energy efficiency and storage. Notably––after months of advocacy––the bill omits language on gas pipelines contained in earlier drafts.

A map of groundwater sustainability agencies in California
May 20, 2016

On Wednesday, the California Water Commission approved emergency regulations for the implementation of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  These regulations are a significant milepost in what will be a very long journey towards groundwater sustainability in California.   

The regulations are intended to provide requirements for local agencies developing groundwater plans as well as identify the evaluation tools that will be used by the Department of Water Resources to determine if a local agency is making adequate progress towards sustainability.

Blue smoke from a battery cluster
May 20, 2016

The Allegheny County Controller, Chelsa Wagner, recently completed an audit of the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) Air Quality Program. What she found is not shocking to those of us who have had to live in polluted communities or those of us who have been working across the region to improve air quality.

May 19, 2016

City of Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang awarded our Rethink Disposable businesses for their incredible green success recently at a city council meeting.

Thanks to their participation in our program, three locally-owned food businesses in Cupertino have eliminated just under quarter of a million single-use disposable items from their operations each year, preventing over three and a half thousand pounds of trash, and saving a combined total of $10,000 annually.  Those are the kind of numbers that get mayors to pay attention!

Solar panels (photo: shutterstock, gyn9037)
May 19, 2016

Online and mail-in voting has begun in the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board election. PEC customers and members have the power to choose who leads the electric co-op! Members can vote, now through June 10, by mail and online here.

Clean Water Action endorses Carlos Palasciano for Board Member, District 5!

Carlos is committed to: