California

Tell the Board of Pharmacy: Don't Obstruct Take-Back Programs!

pills_smallClean Water Action’s drug pollution prevention program has received tremendous support from our members and we are working to expand the number of communities that establish policies to ensure industry supported proper disposal programs. 

We need your help now, more than ever, as our progress is being threatened by the attempts of an unelected body of individuals to obstruct programs established by locally elected officials working on behalf of their constituents.  

Tell the Board of Pharmacy today to endorse the DEA’s safety rules for drug disposal programs and get out of the way of protecting our water and our communities.

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.

California Currents - Fall 2015

California Currents
fall 2015 edition

2015 State Legislative Round-Up

2015 was a mixed bag for the environment in the California Legislature. Clean Water Action achieved a number of big water and climate wins, but defeats at the hands of the oil industry were a jolting wake-up call about polluters’ power in the state.

First the good news: California continues to lead the nation in protecting communities from climate change impacts. SB 350, authored by Senate Pro Tem De Leon, passed on the last day of the session, mandating that 50% of California’s energy come from renewable sources and that the state double buildings’ energy efficiency by 2030. Clean Water Action also helped pass AB 888 (Bloom), banning the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products. The budget, which passed in July was also a step toward a new era of transparency on water well information so the state can better manage groundwater, and increasing water regulators’ oversight and scrutiny of oil and gas disposal and injection well permitting.

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

So why isn’t the State enforcing it?

HoneywellMercTherm.jpgIn 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. Take action today to tell state officials to enforce the law!

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

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

Stop Oil and Gas from Polluting Our Water

California has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate our air and water for too long. From the massive methane leak at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, to discharging contaminated wastewater into open and unlined pits, to fracking in Kern County, there is no shortage of problems that the fossil fuel industry has inflicted on our state. We need you to join us! Call on regulators to stand up to oil interests and protect drinking water and the climate from oil and gas injection wells.

Time to Come Clean on Cleaning Products

Cleaning productsIt is time for the cleaning products industry to stop hiding their dirty secrets. Many of the most common household cleaners contain dangerous chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, asthma, and other serious health problems.  They also pollute our waterways and air.  Yet try to pick a safer product and you’ll be limited by the lack of information on many product labels about what exactly is in the product you’re buying.

Contact your State Assemblymember today and tell them to vote for AB 708 (Jones-Sawyer).  Demand the right to know what chemicals are in your cleaning products. Click here to send a message!

Take the pledge to reduce single-use!

Take the pledge to reduce single-use!Do you ever notice the pile of trash that is left over when you're done with your take-out meal? Our "throw-away" lifestyle creates tons of waste from single-use products that we use for just a few minutes. The lifecycle environmental impacts on the planet from all this single-use STUFF are enormous.

For example: the average useful life of a "to-go" paper coffee cup, with the lid, the sleeve, the stir stick, and even the tray to hold it is 12 minutes! American consumers use 130 billion paper cups per year for coffee. That disposable coffee- cup habit uses 27 billion gallons of water, consumes 25 million trees, and generates 31 billion pounds of CO2.

There is something you can do about it: PLEDGE to reduce your reliance on single-use disposable products and packaging. Take the pledge here!

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