California’s rainy season is over. The map below shows the drought’s severity and explains why the Governor and State Water Board mandated a 25% cut in urban water use.
The Water Board created 8 conservation tiers, ranging from 8% to 36% cuts, with conservation goals based on each community’s average daily per capita water use. San Francisco, East Los Angeles and other cities currently using less than 50 gallons per day must cut 8% from their 2013 levels (to avoid penalizing 2014 conservation), while Beverly Hills and Hillsborough must cut 36%. Santa Cruz and some other places have already met their conservation goals, and need only continue their current efforts. Other cities still need to develop rules to reach their conservation targets.
Lawns are among Governor Brown’s targets, as a form of landscape that doesn’t belong in a dry state. The Board’s priority is outdoor water use, which accounts for half of the state’s residential water use.
Clean Water Action is a champion of greater public disclosure about chemicals in products that we are all exposed to every day, especially when those chemicals are toxic and cause human and/or environmental harm. We need your help today to get 3 bills passed in California that will do just that.
Oakland - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 5 Californians at risk of pollution and destruction. Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.
Clean Water Action's California Director, Miriam Gordon, released this statement:
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. Take action today!
In 2011 US EPA put DOGGR on notice for numerous shortcomings in their implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II program. That’s the regulatory program that oversees oil and gas injection projects. DOGGR took over primacy of that program in 1983 and has been running it ever since. The 2011 critique cited inadequate geologic review, bad record keeping, and not enough expert staff to carry out inspections.