Legislative Priorities for Clean & Affordable Water, Clean Energy and More

Clean Water Action is working on a number of bills in the current legislative session to protect our drinking water, address climate change, reduce plastic pollution, and more. Learn more about our priorities and take action to tell your legislators that these issues are important to you!

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

SGMA_Stakeholder_Engagement_White_Paper_Page_01.jpgExecutive Summary

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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.

Published On: 
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!

Help us get over the last hump in our effort to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products.  Urge Governor Brown to sign AB 888 (Bloom) into law.

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.  They do not 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 c into seafood that many people consume!  AB 888, which bans these minute plastics while promoting environmentally benign innovation, has passed the state Legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW!  Send a message to Governor Brown, urging him to sign AB 888.

Recycling Mercury Isn’t a Choice. It’s the Law.

So why isn’t the State enforcing it?

In 2006, California banned the sale of thermostats that contain mercury, as a means of protecting human health and the environment. This was only part of the solution however, since tens of millions of old thermostats — containing several hundred tons of mercury — still hang in homes and building throughout the U.S. For that reason, the California Legislature passed the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act in 2008, which requires manufacturers that sold mercury-added thermostats in California to establish a program to collect and recycle them.

To date, the industry has only collected a fraction of the number of thermostats required by law – without consequences.

California Communications Manager

POSITION:  Communications Manager                    
LOCATION: Oakland, California 

Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund seek a motivated communications manager to play a lead role in implementing advocacy campaigns to protect clean water in California by conducting internal and external communications activities.  Clean Water Action is a national organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Fund conducts research and public education and organizes grassroots coalitions and campaigns to protect the environment, public health, and  local communities.

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.

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

Published On: 
08/28/2015 - 16:08

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.

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