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

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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.

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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 next month.  This bill would ban the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products, while allowing natural alternatives like ground apricot pits, beeswax, and clay.

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

California Oil & Gas Blog

SB 248: Common Sense Protections From Oil and Gas Operations in California

By Andrew Grinberg, CA Oil and Gas Program Manager; July 23, 2015
This post is part of Clean Water Action’s ongoing series this month on California Oil and Gas policy.

Shut Down Illegal Injection Well: OFFICIAL COMMENT

California's failure to protect groundwater from the oil and gas industry has been front and center for months now.  State regulators mistakenly permitted over 2,500 wells to inject potentially toxic oil and gas waste and other fluids for enhanced oil recovery into federally protected aquifers. More than 2,000 of these wells are still operating and the state is finalizing regulations that would allow them to stay open.

Join us in calling on Governor Brown and the Department of Conservation to shut down illegal injection wells by making an official comment on these regulations. Click here to read more about the regulations.

California Assembly caves to corporate polluters: Oil and Gas interests take priority over safe drinking water

Despite  a  crippling  drought  and  a  massive  failure  by  the  State  to  protect  groundwater  from  oil  and  gas  injection  wells,  Assembly  Bill  356  (Das  Williams)  failed  to  pass  its  floor  vote  today,  garnering  only  28  votes  of  the  41  needed  to  pass  the  Assembly.  The  bill  was  granted  reconsideration  and  can  be  brought  up  again  next  year.  The  failed  vote  will  mean  that  oil  companies  can  continue  to  inject  toxic  chemicals  into  the  ground  without  monitoring  for  contamination  in  nearby  aquifers  used  for  drinking  and  irrigation.  On  Thursday,  US  EPA  released  an  assessment  that  confirms  that  fracking  and  other  oi
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06/04/2015 - 22:50
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