DC Bids Polystyrene Foam Good-Bye!


On July 14th Washington, DC became the first major city on the East Coast to ban polystyrene foam food containers! Clean Water Action has been campaigning around this issue for months and thanks its many supporters who wrote letters in support of the ban to City Council members.  These harmful petroleum-based containers are non-biodegradable and account for up to a fourth of the trash polluting the Anacostia River.  Banning polystyrene is huge victory for the District and is an essential step in cleaning up the city’s rivers, wetlands and streams.  

D.C. Bans Polystyrene Foam Food Containers

Washington, D.C - Yesterday, July 14th 2014, the D.C Council voted unanimously to pass the ban on polystyrene foam food containers, as a part of the D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013. The ban will cover carryout food containers at grocery stores, restaurants and take out locations. This includes items like clamshells, cups, plates, etc. and will take effect January, 2016. In 2017, all disposable food ware will have to be recyclable or compostable.

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07/15/2014 - 16:33

Tools for Talking to Candidates

blue_window_sign.jpgThe 2014 election season has begun and it is time to start talking to our candidates about toxic chemicals.

In 2014 the Governor and all of the Minnesota House are up for election. We have an opportunity to change our toxic legacy by talking with candidates about the importance of protecting children's health from toxic chemicals in our consumer products.


Michigan Currents l Spring/Summer 2014

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Protect Pure Michigan

 Hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and other outdoor activities are part of Michigan’s culture and way of life. Nearly 84% of Michiganders feel that outdoor recreation is important. 194,000 Michigan jobs and more than $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenues come from outdoor recreation. 
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Clean Water Action’s “Protect Pure Michigan” campaign, launched earlier this year, seeks to protect the state’s air, land, water and Great Lakes from climate change impacts and dangerous pollution. The campaign traveled to Traverse City to speak with business owners there who often rely on tourism to keep their doors open and organized a “business after hours” event at Right Brain Brewery. There, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort CEO, Jim MacInnes, spoke about climate change impacts on his business. Read more 

Minnesota Currents | Spring-Summer 2014

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spring/summer 2014 edition

Great Lakes Lobby Day in DC

In early March, the Great Lakes came to the Nation’s Capital. The Annual Great Lakes Day is a gathering of Great Lakes advocates from across the region, who bring their love and passion for the Great Lakes to Members of Congress. Clean Water Action helped recruit and organize the Minnesota delegation of nearly a dozen community members, local government officials, and business owners.

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Texas Currents - Spring/Summer 2014

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spring/summer 2014 edition

Protect Clean Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to restore critical Clean Water Act protections for smaller streams and wetlands in Texas and nationally. These important water resources connect with rivers and serve as drinking water sources for millions of Americans. EPA’s proposal would reverse Bush Administration policies that weakened water protections in every state.
One Texas example illustrates the stakes.

In 2006, the Chevron Pipe Line Company was sued for spilling 126,000 gallons of oil into a dry creek. When running, this creek connects to the Brazos River, which provides drinking water for Waco and other communities. Because the creek was dry at the time of the spill — as more than 70% of Texas’ drought-plagued streams often are — the stream was deemed “unprotected” and Chevron escaped punishment. The Clean Water Act used to protect tributaries like this one from pollution, but ever more polluter-friendly policies have eroded those protections. Fixing this problem is essential to meeting the nation’s clean water goals for fishable, swimmable, drinkable water.

EPA needs to hear from you today. Learn more and take action to
 #ProtectCleanWater here.

Urge NJ Legislators to Override Christie's Veto of Fracking Waste Ban Bill

fracking rally smallIn May, the a fracking waste ban bill (S1041) was sent to Governor Christie's desk by the Legislature.

However, the Governor put protecting the interests of polluters first and vetoed the bill.

Clean Water Action's 2014 Annual Benefit

Clean Water Action Massachusetts' 20th annual benefit is coming up! Please join us to celebrate...

MA logo with leavesDate: Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Time: 3:00—5:00PM
Place: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
See map: Google Maps

Tickets, Advertisements, and Sponsorships 

Come wander through botanic gardens and wooded valleys, choose from a buffet of tasty vegetarian treats and celebrate a year of hard work for the environment!

Place your own advertisement while supporting Clean Water Action! This year, get more for your money by placing an ad in the progam book along with your sponsorship.

Frederick County Incinerator in Trouble

Remaining engaged and supporting our members and allies for the long haul is what Clean Water has done for many years. When we do this and match corporate dollars with people power we are always successful. Here’s another example of that.

Our campaign to stop Frederick County from building an incinerator to burn 1400 tons of trash a day at a price tag of $500 million to citizens has been going on for a decade now. Over the years our opponents have been many; pro-burn advocates; county commissioners; incinerator builders and operators like Wheelabrator Inc., the Northeast Waste Development Authority; even the Governor O’Malley, who supports burning trash as renewable energy. But we built an equally strong coalition of local residents and organizations like; Zero Waste Carroll County, Frederick County No Incineration Alliance, Sierra Club Catoctin Group, The Potomac Riverkeeper and Monocacy National Battlefield Park. Then the we were joined by other environmental colleagues like, Community Resources, Energy Justice Network, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Environmental Integrity Project, CCAN.

One Step Closer to Protecting All Water

A long overdue proposal to protect most streams and wetlands, released by the Obama administration in March 2014, will ensure that the drinking water for nearly one third of all Americans is no longer at risk of pollution.  Make sure your voice is heard today! President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency need to know that you want to protect our water!

Click here to speak your mind and submit a comment to EPA now.

It’s pretty simple - all water is connected. Even kids understand that. The health of our rivers, lakes, and bays depend on the streams and wetlands that flow into them. The health of our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays depends on the network of small streams and wetlands that flow into them.  Tell EPA and the Army Corps that you support the proposal to #ProtectCleanWater today.

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