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Curbing Nutrient Pollution Puts Drinking Water First

Clean Water Action National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp testified today before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on issues related to “Cyantoxin in Drinking Water”.  Cyanotoxins, the contaminant that forced the shutdown of the Toledo OH water system for several days in August of this year, are produced by Harmful Algal Blooms.

In her testimony, Thorp said “The most cost-effective way to prevent cyanotoxin contamination of drinking water sources is to reduce the nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that is also causing numerous other drinking water, environmental and economic impacts.”

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11/19/2014 - 11:16

Putting Drinking Water First #2: The Definition of Waters of the US Under the Clean Water Act

Putting Drinking Water First

The Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act - Read the report
  • We can’t all live upstream: Smaller water bodies are connected to larger water bodies downstream.
  • Natural water infrastructure: Streams and wetlands play a vital role in healthy watersheds.
  • Protect drinking water:   Streams and wetlands affect drinking water quality and quantity.
Clean Water’s Putting Drinking Water First approach means making drinking water impacts a primary consideration when developing regulations and other programs involving upstream activities that can impact downstream drinking water sources.

This is the second in a series of white papers that illustarate the importance of Putting Drinking Water First. Read the first paper here.

Recent incidents of widespread drinking water service disruption have drawn attention to the importance of protecting drinking water sources from contamination.

Celebrating 40 Years of SDWA!

The House of Representatives Chooses Polluters Over Clean Water Again

Dirty Water in the House of Representatives

Washington, DC - Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078. The bill seeks to stop the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) from moving forward with a proposed rulemaking to clarify which small streams and wetlands are covered under the Clean Water Act.

Clean Water Action President and CEO, Robert Wendelgass released this statement:

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09/09/2014 - 15:00

Clean Water Action Statement on Senate Hearing on Drinking Water Supplies and the WV Spill

Clean Water Action Statement on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife entitled, "Examination of the Safety and Security of Drinking Water Supplies Following the Central West Virginia Drinking Water Crisis."

Washington DC -- Clean Water Action welcomes today's hearing and its focus on protecting drinking water sources. "Elected officials need to make protection of drinking water sources the primary consideration in decisions about facility siting, permitting and oversight," said Clean Water Action National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp.

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02/04/2014 - 14:00

You + Me + Congress = Action on Climate and Energy Legislation!

post by Christine LeMieux, Global Warming and Energy Programs Coordinator

While media headlines as of late are dominated by the latest healthcare happenings on the Hill, progress on climate and energy legislation continues. Both issues are related to critical questions about how we will take care of our public health and our economy in the coming decades. Over the past month, 6 Senate committees have held hearings and action is expected after Congress returns from recess in September. 

Comments on Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 & 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review

November 17, 2014
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Water Docket
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20460

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Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170: Comments on Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 and 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report

The undersigned organizations present these comments on three aspects of the Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines (ELGs) Program Plans:

Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water - Testimony of Lynn W Thorp - House Subcommittee on Energy & Environment

Testimony of Lynn W. Thorp - National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action

Before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee

Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water (download the testimony here)
November 19, 2014

Letter to the US House: Vote Against Bills the Undermine Science - November 17th, 2014

BlueGreen Alliance * Center for Biological Diversity * Center for Effective Government
Clean Water Action * Communications Workers of America * Defenders of Wildlife
Earthjustice * Environment America * Environmental Defense Fund
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Public Citizen
Sierra Club * Southern Environmental Law Center * Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

Senators - Oppose S. 2280 - the Keystone Approval Bill

350.org * Alaska Wilderness League * American Rivers * Audubon Society of New Hampshire * AZUL * Better Future Project * Bold Nebraska * Center for Biological Diversity * Center for International Environmental Law * Center for Sustainable Economy * Chesapeake Climate Action Network * Citizens for Global Solutions * Clean Water Action * Climate Action Business Association * Climate Solutions * CREDO * Defenders of Wildlife * Earth Day Network * Earthjustice * Environment America * Environmental Defense Fund * Environment Maine * ForestEthics * Friends Committee on National Legislation * Friends of the Earth * GreenLatinos * Greenpeace USA * Hip Hop Caucus * International Forum on Globalization * Kids vs Global Warming/iMatter Campaign * Labor Network for Sustaina

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