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As we move into the final days of the 2014 Legislative session, Clean Water Action is working to pass important bills to protect California's water and health. There are active bills dealing with oil and gas drilling and fracking, drinking water and the drought, reducing plastic pollution, and toxic chemical reform.
The Legislature has acted! Read more here.
Proposition 43, a $11.14 billion water bond created during the Schwarzenegger administration, is finally gone! In its place is a $7.54 billion bond, Proposition 1, supported by Clean Water Action, that contains over a half-billion dollars for safe drinking water and wastewater treatment for California’s most at risk communities. It also funds a wide range of local solutions to California’s water supply challenges, like water recycling, stormwater capture, water efficiency and groundwater cleanup.
No doubt you’ve heard that the oceans are filling with plastic. Many studies show that the problem is getting worse over time. We need immediate action to stop the flow of plastics to the ocean. Marine plastic pollution comes from consumer products, like plastic bags and personal care products that contain plastic micro-beads. Plastics in marine waters absorb pollutants and when fish, birds, and filter-feeding organisms like jellyfish eat them, these pollutants get enter the human food chain!
The state legislature is working to finish up all of their work by the end of the August and water is going to be at the top of the agenda.
This is your chance to make sure your legislators make our water a priority. Click here to take action today!
The drought has uncovered more than the bottom of Folsom Lake – it’s exposed many problems with the way we use and manage our water supply. But you can help change this.
Clean Water Action is working to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Across the country, communities are suffering from health impacts related to fracking including: contaminated drinking water and polluted air, degradation of local waterways, and decreased property values. In most states, fracking operations are designed to extract natural gas reserves. In California, it’s all about oil.
Manufacturing products with less toxic materials and promoting the development of "green chemistry" can not only protect our communities, workers, and ecosystems, but can actually save businesses money, increase efficiency, reduce liability, and give them a competitive advantage as other parts of the world regulate the use of toxic materials.
As California enters its third consecutive dry year, water conservation is a popular topic - television, newspapers, billboards, and radio messages are telling us to conserve water because of the drought.
Clean Water Action agrees that we should practice additional conservation during times of drought. But California's is a dry climate that is expected to become dryer still as the impacts of climate change intensify. This drought gives us an opportunity to rethink our attitudes about and our overall use of water.