Watsonville officials peg cost of proposed drinking water rule in the millions

WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville officials say a proposed state regulation to tighten a drinking water standard would cost the city more than $26 million to install a treatment system and another $1.7 million each year for operations.

Consumer water bills would skyrocket 78 percent to cover the cost to meet the standard for the carcinogenic chromium 6 at eight of 12 municipal wells, according to city officials.

The City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday calling for the state to re-evaluate the cost versus benefit, and if the California Department of Public Health proposed regulation is adopted, to give cities additional time and funding to comply.
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States Grapple With Toxics Where Federal Action Fails

33 States To Consider Toxic Chemical Regulation In 2014
As meaningful federal toxic chemical reform languishes, state legislators are standing up to chemical industry pressure and acting to protect public health. Over half the country — at least 33 states — will consider policies in 2014 to address toxic chemicals in consumer products, according to an analysis by Safer States, a national coalition of state-based environmental health organizations.
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01/28/2014 - 10:54

Take Action - Stop Fracking California!

Along with thousands of concerned Californians, we are fighting to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other risky well stimulation processes like acidizing. You can join your neighbors, friends, and family to make sure we understand the risks of fracking, protect our communities, health, and water, and ensure that we don't undermine our climate and clean energy goals.

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California Budget Proposal Would Move Clean Drinking Water Program

California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal would make a significant change to the state’s Safe Drinking Water Program.  Last year, the Department of Public Health came under fire for failing to spend almost a half billion dollars to provide drinking water to communities that need it.

Under Brown’s budget proposal, the State Water Resources Control Board would run the program in the future. Jennifer Clary, with Clean Water Action, says she’s glad the program will be taken from the Department of Public Health.

Clary: “There, the drinking water program was a program, within the division under an agency in a department so it was such a lot of red tape to go through to accomplish things that we just got discouraged.”
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Cleaning up contaminated waterways in California

Cleaning Up California’s Polluted Waterways: An Action Plan to Improve the TMDL ProcessCalifornia has a problem. The state’s program for cleaning up polluted bodies of water is broken. It’s time to do something about it. Clean Water Action and our allies  have worked for years to reform the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) program. Our report, Cleaning Up California’s Polluted Waterways: An Action Plan to Improve the TMDL Process, provides a road map.

California has over 1,883 federal and state water quality violations affecting local streams and lakes, reservoirs, and major water bodies. These include violations caused by mercury and dioxin in San Francisco Bay, pesticides and organochlorine throughout the Central Valley, mercury in the tributaries flowing from historic mining districts and in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, ammonia and copper in the Santa Ana region, and a statewide trash problem.

California Failing on Water Pollution

Oakland - In the more than 40 years since the Clean Water Act was established, not one of California’s hundreds of polluted waterways have been fully restored to health. The problem is only getting worse as a result of the state’s failure to stem the tide of pollution. Cleaning Up California’s Polluted Waterways: An Action Plan to Improve the TMDL Process, released today by Clean Water Action, documents just how drastic the situation has become and presents California officials with a plan to move forward and clean up the state’s waterways.

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01/08/2014 - 12:30

Public Demands Halt to Fracking as State Begins Environmental Impacts Report

Public demonstration at Oakland Convention Center unites public health, environmental advocates; demonstrators sing Christmas carols featuring anti-fracking lyrics

OAKLAND, Calif.– Concerned Californians called once more on state leaders to stop fracking in order to protect public health, the climate, and local environments as demonstrators sang songs of protest outside an agency hearing today.
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12/10/2013 - 13:50

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water in CaliforniaToday!

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.
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