The Clean Water Blog

We All Live Downstream

Swift River, White Mountain National Forest. Credit: haveseen / Shutterstock
October 25, 2016

I moved to New Hampshire in 1989 and have seen many things change since then. In addition to raising two fine young men (with my wife) and enjoying the state’s friendly people and great natural beauty, I’ve gotten to participate first-hand in the grassroots democracy for which the state is also famous.

Street drain, stormwater runoff. Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock
October 21, 2016

This past Monday, Governor Hogan’s Administration circulated a press release praising local governments for having "met their requirements under state law to develop financing plans to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and protect and restore local waters and the Chesapeake Bay."  But most of these plans don't actually meet the requirements of the law.

Trump. Credit Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons
October 19, 2016

Donald Trump publically shuns a “rigged system” and the “establishment.” But when it comes to assembling his team of advisors and the personnel he wants to lead government agencies under his administration, he has fully bought into the D.C. energy lobbyist establishment and policies from dark money think tanks.

Plastic_Waste_Zero Waste_Rethink Disposable_New Jersey_Photo by Jenny Vickers
October 19, 2016

Did you know that enough plastic exists to cover the entire Earth in cling wrap? Everywhere you look, you can find water bottles, grocery bags, random pieces of polystyrene foam, nylons and other plastics.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
October 18, 2016

Forty-four years ago today the Clean Water Act, our nation’s groundbreaking water law, was enacted.

October 13, 2016

Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and while you do your shopping for costumes and candy don’t forget to check if that Halloween make-up has toxic chemicals that can haunt you and your child.

October 7, 2016

Every day we are exposed to hidden dangers in our personal care products, the food we eat, and the clothes we wear; but did you know that there are also dangers lurking in the place where you rest your head? Our mattresses are supposed to be a restful haven, a place where we can feel comfortable and relaxed to charge up for the next day of wrangling with kids, or facing a stressful work place. Unfortunately, they may also be exposing us to dangerous toxic chemicals.

Hillary CLinton for President. Credit: Joseph Sohm /
October 3, 2016

The Clean Water Act. The Safe Drinking Water Act. Complicated important laws with lofty goals.

We think a lot about these two laws. Together, they represent a vision that we should act like  water matters. That we ought to end pollution into our nation’s water bodies. That what comes out of the tap should be safe to drink.

2015-2016 PA Environmental Scorecard
October 3, 2016

Democracy works best when the electorate is informed and uses that information to hold our elected leaders accountable. That’s why we collaborated with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, PennEnvironment, and Sierra Club to develop the 2015-2016 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard