California

2014 Clean Water Action Legislative Priorities

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. 

Stop Plastic Pollution Now!

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Help Turn the Tide on Plastic Pollution!

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!

Californian's Speak Out on Fracking

Tuesday, January 14th marked the end of California's 60 day public comment period on proposed fracking regulations. Over the last two months Clean Water Action members and supporters have spoken, submitting thousands of comments calling for a halt to fracking in California. Residents across the state have turned out in record numbers to voice their concerns, packing public hearing rooms from Oakland to Santa Maria to Bakersfield to Long Beach to Sacramento to Long Beach. Clearly, the public has something to say about fracking, and clearly Californians don't want it happening in our state.

Read our comments on the proposed rules here and our letter to Governor Brown calling for a moratorium here.

Oil, Gas and Fracking in California

LATEST NEWS: SB 1132 Fails in the Senate

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 the California Senate failed to pass SB 1132 (Mitchell/Leno) which would have put a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other forms of oil and gas well stimulation methods. The measure lost by a narrow margin, despite recent polling that 68% of Californians support a time out on fracking. Additionally, the federal government has recently downgraded the estimated amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by 96%, dispelling the myth that fracking will lead to an oil boom in California.

The people with the most to lose after the failure of SB 1132 are the communities of Kern County, where an estimated 80% of fracking and other oil drilling occurs in California. At least 22 different communities lie within 5 miles of oil and gas drilling in Kern County, including many directly adjacent to and surrounded by drilling operations, exposing thousands of residents to health threatening air pollution that has been linked to low birth weights, respiratory illness and cancer.

Although  the Legislature failed to pass a moratorium, Governor Brown still has the authority to implement and immediate moratorium, an act that would be in line with the Democratic Party platform and the wishes of more than two thirds of Californians. 

Click the "Stop Fracking" button to take action today and send a message to Governor Brown to support a moratorium! 

Stop Fracking with California!

Clean Water Action is working to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and other risky methods of oil drilling. Across the country, communities are suffering from health and environmental impacts related to oil and gas production, 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.

August 2014 Legislative Update

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.

Click here to read about our  priorities for the rest of the 2014 Legislative session.

A New Water Bond to Help Fight Drought and Provide Safe Drinking Water in CA

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.

California drought: Lawmakers consider historic rules to limit groundwater pumping

In what would be the most significant water law passed in California in nearly 50 years, lawmakers in Sacramento are working with Gov. Jerry Brown on a landmark measure to regulate groundwater pumping for the first time.

With an Aug. 31 deadline until the end of the session and billions of dollars at stake, negotiations among farmers, environmentalists, cities and elected officials are reaching a crescendo.

Although landowners who want to divert water from reservoirs and rivers have been required to get a permit from the state since 1914, farmers and cities who tap underground aquifers -- California's largest water source -- can pump as much as they want, when they want and with almost no oversight or limits.

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08/11/2014

Water is Going to Be Hot in August in Sacramento!

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.

California Senate Fails to Pass Fracking Moratorium- Kern County Residents Most At Risk

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 the California Senate failed to pass SB 1132 (Mitchell/Leno) which would have put a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other forms of oil and gas well stimulation methods. The measure lost by a narrow margin, despite recent polling that 68% of Californians support a time out on fracking. Additionally, the federal government has recently downgraded the estimated amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by 96%, dispelling the myth that fracking will lead to an oil boom in California.
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05/29/2014 - 18:35

Endorsing Clean Water Champions in California

vote button with stars and stripesOn Tuesday, June 3rd, California voters will go to the polls to select candidates for dozens of federal state and local offices.  Because of California’s new primary laws, the two top vote-getters in each race, regardless of party affiliation, will face off against one another in November.

The following clean water champions deserve your vote on Tuesday.

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