Preparing for the Next Drought

Folsom Lake at drought levelsIn November 2014, California voters approved a $7.5 billion water bond (Proposition 1). The bond is supposed to help the state weather the current drought and prepare for future droughts, which are expected to be more frequent and extreme due to climate change. Nearly two dozen programs received bond funding, and hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent on projects to restore and protect ecosystems, provide safe drinking water to communities and construct recycled water facilities.

Save the Date! Clean Water Action's 30th Annual Conference Saturday, April 9th

20150425_101344.jpg For the past 29 years, Clean Water Action has held an environmental conference in New Jersey, inspiring education, organizing and activism.

Join us for a Clean Water Happy Hour with Heavy Seas Beer!

Heavy Seas Beer

On February 23, we are recognizing the tireless efforts of a champion legislator and celebrating a new partnership for clean water. Please join us!

Clean Water is proud to partner with Maryland's own Heavy Seas Beer to raise awareness about the importance of clean water because, as Heavy Seas Founder Hugh Sisson puts it, "Without clean water there is no beer!"

2016 Rhode Island Legislative Priorities

The 2016 Rhode Island General Assembly is underway. Clean Water is supporting several bills to protect our health and communities from toxic chemicals in flame retardants, disclose the ingredients in cosmetics, move Rhode Island forward on clean energy, and help combat climate change.

Thoughts on Flint: Putting Drinking Water First - Back to Basics

By Lynn Thorp, Campaigns Director - On Twitter (@LTCWA)

Our approach to drinking water protection - “Putting Drinking Water First” - feels light years away from the crisis in Flint, with seemingly nothing to offer based on what we have learned about the causes of this situation. Over 100,000 people are unable to use their tap water. Flint already had high levels of lead-poisoned children. Now those numbers have doubled. A Legionnaire’s disease outbreak may well be related. All because officials put the bottom-line first.

"Putting Drinking Water First”, exactly what officials didn't do in Flint, is animated by our belief that we can make smarter choices that will benefit us while keeping contamination out of our drinking water. It's focused on the need for 21st century thinking about how we handle pollution issues in a more integrated fashion. Ultimately, it’s optimistic thinking about making smart choices.

Unfortunately, we don't always do that.

Protecting Clean Water - The President Gets It

Washington - Last night the President vetoed S.J. Res 22, a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Clean Water Rule, the Administration’s landmark initiative to restore critical Clean Water Act protections to our nation’s streams, wetlands and other water bodies.

Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released this statement:

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01/20/2016 - 06:34

State and Regional Groups Push for Stronger Va. Fracking Protections

Environmental and Public Interest Groups Urge Governor McAuliffe to Modernize Fracking Standards

Richmond, VA - Today, four environmental and public interest organizations joined forces to call on Governor Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review of the state's safeguards on fracking.

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12/03/2015 - 15:31

Tell DEQ to stop giving Dominion a free pass to dump coal ash waste into our waterways!

Coal Ash at the Lansing Board of Water and Light On October 30th, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released a draft permit to allow Dominion Power to drain millions of gallons of contaminated water from coal ash ponds at the Possum Point Power Station directly into Quantico Creek and the Potomac River.

Tell DEQ to deny this permit and support an extension (60 days) to allow science to inform the potential impacts to the river and public health!

One Year Later - The Will of Voters Ignored!

In November 2014, 75% of Florida voters overwhelming passed Amendment 1 requiring the state to spend more money for land and water conservation critical to improving our water quantity and quality.  Yet, our Governor and state lawmakers have intentionally ignored the will of Floridians.  State lawmakers have redirected some of the money for government operating expenses that was intended for Florida’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund.  While several of Clean Water Action’s allies have been forced to take legal action asking the courts to order the state to transfer nearly $237 million to the Trust Fund, the verdict is out.

New Jersey Currents - Fall 2015

New Jersey Currents
fall 2015 edition

NJ Legislature Still Flunking on the Environment

By David Pringle, Campaign Director
Clean Water Action’s 2014-15 NJ Legislative Scorecard found a majority of state legislators failed on the environment, much as they did 2 years ago.

There were fourteen notable exceptions. These legislators, whom Clean Water Action called ‘heroes’, joined the call for immediate corrective action by the legislature. Click here to see what the heroes are saying.

Overall the Legislature took pro-environment positions less than half (47%) of the time. On every legislative initiative the anti-environment position succeeded or the pro-environment position was watered down because:

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