Clean Water Action Files Legal Petition as Regulators in California's Central Valley Allow Oil Industry to Pollute Groundwater

Pit Pipes AG.jpgClean Water Action has filed a legal petition, challenging the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's (the Regional Board) failure to enforce water quality laws. The filing cites evidence that the Regional Board is allowing oil and gas companies to pollute groundwater currently being used for drinking and irrigation. The petition, filed by Earthjustice on Clean Water's behalf, demands that the State Water Resources Control Board (the State Board) intervene and immediately close two facilities, Fee 34 and Race Track Hill, that Regional Board staff determined are polluting groundwater East of Bakersfield.  Despite the staff's findings and recommendations of immediate action, the Regional Board is allowing the facilities to continue polluting until 2018.

Playing For Water- Celebrating 25 Years of Clean Water Action in California

CWA_CA_SW_InviteWeb_07.30.15a.jpgClean Water Action is excited to be partnering with local world and roots music group, Darkness Into Light, to throw a party in celebration of 25 years of on-the-ground water work in California. Members, friends and allies alike will gather for an evening of great music and food to reflect on our progress, share ideas, and connect with other local clean water leaders.

Collaborating for Success: Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation

SGMA_Stakeholder_Engagement_White_Paper_Page_01.jpgExecutive Summary

Read the full report.

In August 2014, the California Legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), marking a fundamental shift in the management of water resources in California. For the first time, groundwater in the state will have to be managed to protect the long-term reliability of the resource. SGMA is thus an important step forward, but achieving the objective of sustainability will ultimately depend on the commitment and participation of a large number of actors throughout its implementation.

New Report Outlines Strategies for Better Groundwater Management

“Collaborating for Success” provides local agencies with tools to achieve sustainable groundwater management through stakeholder engagement.

A new report out today from Community Water Center, Clean Water Fund, and Union of Concerned Scientists highlights opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse stakeholders in California’s new system of groundwater management. “Collaborating For Success” draws on a wealth of research demonstrating the critical role of stakeholder engagement in achieving successful shared resource management.

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07/30/2015 - 11:50

Protect Drinking Water from Oil and Gas

Recently, more and more information has gone public that has exposed  the oil and gas industry as a major threat to California's water supply. From illegal injection of oil and gas waste into drinking water, to dumping of toxic wastewater into unlined pits, to irrigation of crops with potentially contaminated oil byproducts, there has been no shortage of cause for alarm.

Take action today to protect drinking water!

Ban Plastic Microbeads in California!

A single tube of facial cleanser or toothpaste can contain 3,500 plastic microbeads, which are used as exfoliants or simply to add color.  These beads  are rinsed down the sink or shower drain and end up being sent to sewage treatment plants that are not designed to remove floating plastics. Approximately 38 tons of plastic microbead pollution are discharged into California’s waterways and the ocean every year.  None of these plastic microbeads break down in water.  Instead they absorb toxic chemicals from waterways, like PCBs and flame retardants, turning these plastic microbeads into tiny little toxic pills.  These particles are then eaten by wildlife and some of the toxic chemicals move up the food chain into seafood that many people consume!

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW!  With a simple click you can send a message to your State Senator, urging them to vote for AB 888 (Bloom) when it comes to the Senate Floor this week.  This bill would ban the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products, while promoting innovation of environmentally safe alternatives.

Regulators in California's Central Valley are Allowing the Oil Industry to Pollute Groundwater

Andrew Grinberg (CWA) 415-298-8314
Oscar Espino-Padron (Earthjustice) 415-217-2000

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08/28/2015 - 16:08

Bakersfield Residents to Call on Gov. Brown to Stop Fracking and Oil Drilling

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

In Statewide Day of Action, California Families and Residents Urge Gov. Brown to Protect Public Health and Climate

Bakersfield, Calif. -- Following the release of a statewide study on fracking and oil well stimulation in California, Bakersfield residents and Clean Water Action will host a Toxic-Tea & ‘Champodrido’ Fest and Pathway Walk.  Learn about the health and environmental impacts of drilling activities in Kern County.  Join us at Panorama Park as we walk towards a pathway to 100% clean energy.
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07/30/2015 - 12:29

Playing for Water

Playing for Water, 09-20 at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley - RSVP at

Join us on September 20th from 6-9pm in Mill Valley

Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave


Independent scientific study: California is failing to protect health and the environment from fracking and other oil production

Clean Water Action released the following statement in response to the California Council on Science and Technology's (CCST) "An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California" which can be downloaded here.

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07/09/2015 - 13:23
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