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 * 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

US-China Agreement on Reducing Emissions Is a Critical Step

Last night the U.S. and China released a groundbreaking agreement in the fight to curb climate change. The Obama Administration committed to reduce US emissions by 26-28% by 2025 and China announced that its emission would peak around 2030. Clean Water Action President and CEO Robert Wendelgass released the following statement:

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11/12/2014 - 08:15

EPA and Corps Clean Water Rule Puts Drinking Water First

For Immediate Release

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11/11/2014 - 12:35

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.

Americans Expect Their Elected Officials to Protect Clean Water

The new Congress could be one of the most hostile to clean water and other environmental concerns, based on the new leadership's extreme anti-environment records and positions. But that's not what the American people want, and it's not what they voted for." -- Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO

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11/05/2014 - 12:49

A Failing Grade: Clean Water Action Releases Its Scorecard on the 113th Congress

October 23, 2014

Washington, DC - Congress is failing the American people on protecting the environment and communities, according to Clean Water Action's Scorecard for the 113th Congress. In 2013 and 2014, the US House of Representatives voted numerous times to block progress in restoring protections to small streams and wetlands and safeguarding communities from toxic coal ash. While few of these measures passed the Senate, that may no longer be the case after the upcoming election.

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10/23/2014 - 10:42


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.

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