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From We All Live Downstream

739,794 comments and countingOctober 22, 2014 was historic. Today we showcased nearly 750,000 public comments (that's three quarters of a million, and counting) from people like you to EPA Water's Deputy Assistant Administrator, Ken Kopocis, staff from US Army Corp of Engineers, and to Maryland’s US Senator Ben Cardin. We showed them the broad public support for EPA's proposal to protect the nation's streams and wetlands. They were enthralled. Kopocis said at one point, "Clean water provides a boom to the economy...brewers, recreation & agriculture depend on clean water." And it’s TRUE, all the little things we take for granted every day absolutely depend on clean water and healthy watersheds.

Organizations Deliver Comments To EPA From More Than 700,000 Americans Who Support Clean Water

WASHINGTON – More than 700,000 Americans have written to support a plan to protect streams and wetlands nationwide that are vulnerable to pollution, and on Wednesday, a diverse coalition of conservation organizations and clean water advocates delivered their comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. The two agencies have proposed a rule that will help fix problematic language in the Clean Water Act that leaves streams, wetlands and other water bodies vulnerable to pollution.
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10/22/2014 - 09:46

Scorecard - the 113th Congress

TWO YEARS AGO, we reported that fundamental public health and environmental protections were under attack in the 112th Congress. The situation has remained largely the same to date in the 113th Congress. 

In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block federal agency progress in all of Clean Water Action’s priority campaign areas, including restoring Clean Water Act protection to streams and wetlands and cleaning up toxic coal ash. Similar measures have not been able to pass in the U.S. Senate.

Protect Clean Water Posters

Clean Water Action has built a unique partnership with the Design As Service program at Messiah College that prepares designs for our advocacy projects. Design As Service connects design students up with non-profit organizations. Messiah College's Distinguished Professor of Art and Design, Kathy T Hettinga, founded Design As Service and is its Art Director.

These particular images were produced in a design class on Digital Illustration.

“Toast to Tap” Event to Celebrate Value of Safe Drinking Water for Our Health and Local Economy

Washington area celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act


October 2, 2014— Regional water utilities, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, national water organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency organized a “Toast to Tap” celebration on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Congress passed the Act in 1974 and authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate drinking water supplies by setting water quality and delivery standards. Hosted in the Park at CityCenter in Northwest DC, the event brought together members of the water community and local businesses to highlight the value of safe water to the metro region. 

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10/02/2014 - 05:58

Comments on Proposed Determination to Restrict the Use of an Area as a Disposal Site; Pebble Deposit Area, Southwest Alaska

Alaska Wilderness League ■ American Rivers ■ Clean Water Action ■ Earthjustice ■ Environment America ■ League of Conservation Voters ■ National Audubon Society ■ National Parks Conservation Association ■ Native American Rights Fund ■ Natural Resources Defense Council ■ Sierra Club


September 19, 2014

Water Docket # EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(Mail Code: 2822T)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Email: OW-Docket@epa.gov
http://www.regulations.gov

The faces of the new climate movement

The numbers are in. The People’s Climate March brought out more than 300,000 people Sunday in New York City, according to organizers, making it the largest climate demonstration in history.
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09/23/2014

House of Representatives - Reject Bad Package of 13 Bills - September 2014

Alaska Wilderness League * Center for Biological Diversity * Clean Water Action * Defenders of Wildlife * Environment America * Environmental Defense Fund Friends of the Earth U.S. * League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council * Ocean Conservancy
Physicians for Social Responsibility * Sierra Club * The Wilderness Society


September 15, 2014 (download the PDF)

Dear Representative,

Clean Water Reflections on the People's Climate March

Clean Water at the People's Climate March

400,000!

Clean Water joined the more than 400,000 people who marched in New York on September 21st. Dozens of staff, Board members, and members came to New York by bus, train, plane, car...and ferry.

It was an amazing day and, in the words of Bob Wendelgass, "the start of something big". Throughout the week staff will be reflecting on the March and talking about what we can all do to keep the momentum going.

2013 Annual Report

With support from members like you, we’ve made some amazing progress in 2013 and 2014 in protecting our water and our health from pollution. And with your continued support and involvement, even more is yet to come. Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund helped lead the fight to stop toxic dumping by power plants into our rivers and streams in 2013. Before we launched that campaign, most people didn’t realize that power plants are the #1 source of toxic water pollution, often discharging unlimited amounts mercury, arsenic, lead and other chemicals into our water. By the end of the year, hundreds of thousands of people had demanded action, encouraging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt a strong rule to stop toxic pollution from power plants.
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