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


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.

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:

Published On: 
09/09/2014 - 15:00

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.

Oppose HR 5078 - the Dirty Water Bill (September 2014)

American Rivers • BlueGreen Alliance • Clean Water Action • Earthjustice • Environment America • League of Conservation Voters • Natural Resources Defense Council • Sierra Club • Southern Environmental Law Center

September 9, 2014

The undersigned organizations and their millions of members and supporters urge you to vote NO on H.R. 5078, the misleadingly-titled “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014,” when it is on the House floor this week.

In a year when pollution led authorities to ask residents of Charleston, West Virginia, and Toledo, Ohio not to use their drinking water for several days, the House’s attack on Clean Water Act safeguards for the nation’s water bodies is astonishing.  More than 117 million Americans get drinking water from systems that rely on water bodies that H.R. 5078 would make it more difficult to protect.  

Updated National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health

Clean Water Action ● NC Conservation Network

August 13, 2014
Heidi Bethel
Health and Ecological Criteria Division
Office of Water, US EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Attn: Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0135

Re: Updated National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health\

Dear Ms. Bethel,

We Need to Put Drinking Water First: Toledo Drinking Water Crisis Shows We’re Not Doing Enough

Over the weekend, 400,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area were told that they should not use their tap water. While the ban on water use has been lifted as of this morning, this massive disruption is further proof that we are not doing enough to put drinking water first. In fact, not only are Congress and our state legislatures not doing enough, many elected officials are actively interfering in efforts protect clean water. Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp released this statement and the following set of policy recommendations:

“What happened in Toledo over the weekend is hardly surprising. It fits the pattern that we see time and time again – because we refuse to protect clean water upstream, we rely on our Public Water Systems to solve preventable pollution problems.

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08/04/2014 - 12:48

Congressional Investigative Report Urges EPA to Improve Oversight of the UIC Program

WASHINGTON, DC – This week the Government Accountability Office released DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, the results of its two year investigation into the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.  Clean Water Action welcomes this much needed investigation into oversight challenges in the UIC program and calls on EPA to implement the recommendations detailed within the report (view the report here). 

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07/31/2014 - 13:35

Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive

American Canoe Association - American Forests - American Rivers - Clean Water Action - International Fly Fishers Federation - Izaak Walton League of America - Natural Resources Defense Council - New Mexico Wilderness Alliance -River Network - Sierra Club - The Wilderness Society - WildEarth Guardians

July 21, 2014

The Honorable Thomas Vilsack
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20250

The Honorable Thomas Tidwell
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Yates Building, 5th Floor, NW Wing
201 14th St, SW
Washington, DC 20250

RE: Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive

EPA Rejects Pebble Mine Project

By Daniel Fanaroff, National Communications Intern

On Tuesday July 15, I had the privilege of attending my first hearing on Capitol Hill. I got there early to take it all in, and was the first one in the audience by a good fifteen minutes. Clean Water Action assigned me to listen and report on the hearing, held by the House Sub-Committee on Water Resources and Environment, a Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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