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Clean Water Art WorkWe need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for California and throughout the country.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff,
reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

California Proposed Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Rules

Don't Frack Sign smaller.jpgAfter years of failing to directly regulate fracking, acidizing and other risky forms of well stimulation, the State of California is moving forward with its first ever rules on these oil and gas production techniques. With the passage of Senate Bill 4 (Fran Pavley), the Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is now required to develop regulations of these activities that provide for transparency, monitoring and advance notification.

EPA head laments lack of clean water in San Joaquin Valley

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that she was disappointed by the slow progress state, federal and local governments have made in bringing potable drinking water to small towns in the San Joaquin Valley.

"We've got rural communities that don't have clean water and there's no plan on how to get it to them," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a meeting with Los Angeles Times editors and reporters.
Published Date: 
11/25/2013

Zero Waste and Plastic Pollution

State Releases Draft Five-Year Water Plan

The 17-page document is designed to move the state toward more sustainable water management.

It focuses on water conservation, restoring ecosystems, water storage, flood protection, and safe drinking water.

"We've been dealing with many of these issues for many many years," says Matt Rodriquez, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. 

Published Date: 
11/04/2013

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Tell Governor Brown - DPH Can Do More

California needs Governor Brown to to protect drinking water. Click here to send him a message now.

We need Governor Brown to stand with us.  Hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6 – the contaminant made famous in the film Erin Brockovich – has been detected in thousands of water sources throughout California.  Yet, with a seeming lack of concern for public health, and after considerable delay, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has proposed an inadequate drinking water standard of 10 parts per billion. This is more than 500 times higher than what the State of California has determined is safe (.02 parts per billion). Based on DPH’s own data, more than 85% of the contaminated water sources in the state will not be treated under the State's proposal.

Will Fracking Suck California Dry?

In California, every drop of water counts, and every drop is contested.

The state's fishers and farmers have been at war over water for decades, battling over how to divide the water between river beds and farm fields. And Northern Californians—whose water supplies are more plentiful—live in fear of the desert neighbors to the south marching on the San Francisco Bay Delta with pipelines and straws. And then there are municipalities, which are all jockeying to secure supplies for California's nearly 40 million residents.

But now, they'll all have a new contender to jostle with: the fracking boom.
Published Date: 
10/20/2013
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