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Forest with sunshine, photo: istock
May 25, 2017

This has been a rough year. I was expecting the Trump administration and Congress to make decisions that put polluters first, but the all-out assault has been something else.

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May 24, 2017

Every day in the U.S., people use 500 million straws a day - enough to circle to planet more than two-and-a-half times! Straws are now one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. And by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

So, what do we do about it?

May 22, 2017

Excitingly, on May 16, 2017, Milpitas City Council in California held a public hearing and adopted the first reading of an Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foodware ordinance necessary to restrict the provision of EPS foam food service ware and protect public health, safety, and welfare.

Florida Capitol Building / photo: istock, happyjones
May 15, 2017

On May 8, 2017 the Florida legislature adjourned. With more than 3,000 bills introduced in both Chambers, there were a handful of bills that would affect water quality and clean energy. Here are the most important wins and losses.

May 15, 2017

In celebration of Earth Day, the Peralta Community College District hosted the 11thannual EcoFest Sustainability Festival at Laney College on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  The festival featured over 100 groups including live music, dancing lessons, local programs, environmental companies and non-profits, exhibitors featuring sustainable goods, and food trucks.

May 12, 2017

Massachusetts currently has two bills pending in the Legislature focused on putting a fair price on carbon pollution. Combined the bills have 79 co-sponsors — more than one-third of the Legislature. There is widespread support and strong momentum to pass a bill from previous years’ efforts .

In order to hear more directly from constituents, the Massachusetts State Senate is conducting a series of statewide forums in every corner of the state, known as Commonwealth Conversations.

May 12, 2017

Last year, your overwhelming support passed the Charles County Comprehensive Plan. The plan called for some great things, such as preventing sprawl development around the Mattawoman Creek and the headwaters of the Port Tobacco River through a Watershed Conservation District.

Now we need your help to make sure that the planned Watershed Conservation District is implemented! The development lobby has testified in opposition to the Watershed Conservation District, and instead of protecting green spaces it wants to fill them with 17,000 more houses.

At the Salon Event
May 11, 2017

I love the work we do at Clean Water Action- protecting waters and put drinking water first, protecting health by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals and protecting our environment by promoting renewable energy. Aligning with corporate partners like Aveda, who share our mission and do amazing work worldwide to protect water and produce sustainable products derived from plants makes our work even better! 

May 11, 2017

For the past few months, Clean Water Action members have been writing, speaking, and rallying for offshore wind in Maryland.  And today, the Public Service Commission surprised advocates and business leaders alike by

RhodeIsland_Canvass_Lobby_Photo by Dave Gerraughty
May 9, 2017

I am a canvasser. For four months, I have been knocking on doors and talking to folks about environmental and public health issues with Clean Water Action. I recently graduated from Salve Regina University where I majored in biology with a focus on environmental sciences.

I always pictured myself doing research for an agricultural company or becoming some sort of laboratory technician, but I didn’t imagine I would be a community organizer for a nonprofit. I can honestly say I can’t imagine working for any other organization.