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Shirley Berry, owner of The Joint Eatery in San Jose, a particpant in the Rethink Disposable program
April 29, 2016

As part of my work with ReThink Disposable it is my job to sign up businesses to our program. By far, the most satisfying aspect of my job is when I connect with a business owner and together, we build the business the owner has always wanted.

An oil drilling operation in a neighbourhood in Los Angeles. Image courtesy of Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling  and Stand L.A.
April 26, 2016

California is the third leading producer of oil in the country and although Kern County produces most of the state's oil, the Los Angeles area is the nation's largest urban oilfield. Oil production facilities are sited immediately next door to homes, schools, and shopping centers. One in three  LA County residents live within one mile of an oil-drilling site—a pretty eye-watering statistic—and yet, no government agency or regulatory body has ever carried out a study of the health impacts on the city’s residents. 

Illustartion - Green valley. credit: Tetiana Dziubanovska / Shutterstocl
April 22, 2016

The first Earth Day helped drag us kicking and screaming into realizing that we were destroying this planet that sustains us.  Still, too many people think of “the Earth” as an esoteric concern.

Denny Alsop Arrives in Boston by Canoe
April 22, 2016

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Val Bak
April 22, 2016

Val is inspired by being in nature – this is what drives her work to protect our environment.

Water from a facuet: Photo credit:  nikkytok / Shutterstock
April 21, 2016

This week a group of Senators introduced the "True LEADership Act" to get lead out of contact with water and improve the quality of drinking water in the United States. It's a good step forward.

April 21, 2016

UPDATE: Join us at the Massachusetts State House 5/3 for a hearing and rally.* RSVP here.

We are at an incredible moment. Yesterday, Kinder Morgan announced they are suspending work on their massive, multi-billion dollar fracked gas pipeline proposal. This is a huge victory for New England, for Clean Water Action and for our many partners who have fought the project for years.

subsistence fishing California
April 20, 2016

It's 11 am on Sunday April 17 on a wooden pier near the ferry building in downtown San Francisco, and the sun is streaming down on an 80-degree weekend.

Large group of people as seen from above. Credit: Stockernumber2 / iStock
April 18, 2016

Vote on April 26th for candidates who will protect our environment!

In a campaign cycle dominated by presidential politics, I wanted to bring your attention to a few great environmental candidates in Pennsylvania who received our endorsement in the Democratic Primary: Josh Shapiro for Pennsylvania Attorney General; Steve Santarsiero for Congress, District 8; Marty Molloy for State Senate, District 9; and Ed Gainey for State House, District 24. Josh Shapiro has a long history of standing up for the environment:

April 15, 2016

From the beginning of my internship here at Clean Water Action (CWA) talk has circulated throughout the office about the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, MA, and the revolution that can begin at this site. From just the topic itself I was already interested in not only learning more about the plant, its history and what it has the potential to become but I was also extremely excited to be a part of the change that will inevitably come to this site.