UPDATE: This bill was passed in the Senate. Take action today to tell the House to vote No!
No state in the country has more potential for wind and solar energy production than Texas. We already lead the nation in wind, and solar is expanding rapidly. Wind and solar energy helps us conserve water in Texas because they do not require the vast amounts of water that conventional forms of energy production demand. Don’t let the State Legislature move us backward!
Austin, TX – Provisions of the federal law originally intended to protect drinking water are instead being used to allow oil, gas and uranium mining industry activities that would otherwise be illegal, according a report released today by Clean Water Action. This first-ever analysis of a critical Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) program found widespread sacrifice of underground water resources (aquifers) that could otherwise be used for drinking water in the future.
Happy holidays! Please join Clean Water in celebrating democracy and the holidays by voting in the Austin mayoral and city council runoff elections! Early voting lasts through Friday December 12, and election day is Tuesday December 16.
Clean Water Members lplayed a key role electing Ann Kitchen, Kathie Tovo, and Delia Garza in November, and helped carry most of our other endorsed council candidates into these runoffs.
We need your help to finish the job!
Clean Water Action Endorses:
Austin - Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell welcomed Ellen Gilinksy, Senior Advisor for Water
for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Austin today, and expressed his
support for an EPA proposal to clarify which waterways are protected under the federal
Clean Water Act. When finalized, this proposal will restore protections to headwater and
small streams and wetlands, including streams that only flow seasonally or after storms,
but serve as the drinking water sources for over 117 million Americans. This includes
11.5 million Texans and 864,000 people in Travis County. Ms. Gilinsky is traveling in
Texas to hear perspectives on the proposed rule, Definition of "Waters of the United
States" Under the Clean Water Act.
"Small streams and wetlands, including those that flow only seasonally, have a direct
impact on the health and quality of larger streams and rivers downstream," Mayor
Leffingwell said. "These resources are critical drinking water sources, and they protect
communities from flooding and filter pollutants. Our own Colorado River is fed by small
headwater streams that dry up part of the year, especially during times of drought, such
as the prolonged drought most of Texas is experiencing now. If we do not protect these
networks of small streams, we cannot protect and restore the lakes, rivers and bays that
our economy and way of life depend on."
Protect Clean Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to restore critical Clean Water Act protections for smaller streams and wetlands in Texas and nationally. These important water resources connect with rivers and serve as drinking water sources for millions of Americans. EPA’s proposal would reverse Bush Administration policies that weakened water protections in every state.
One Texas example illustrates the stakes.
In 2006, the Chevron Pipe Line Company was sued for spilling 126,000 gallons of oil into a dry creek. When running, this creek connects to the Brazos River, which provides drinking water for Waco and other communities. Because the creek was dry at the time of the spill — as more than 70% of Texas’ drought-plagued streams often are — the stream was deemed “unprotected” and Chevron escaped punishment. The Clean Water Act used to protect tributaries like this one from pollution, but ever more polluter-friendly policies have eroded those protections. Fixing this problem is essential to meeting the nation’s clean water goals for fishable, swimmable, drinkable water.
EPA needs to hear from you today. Learn more and take action to
Clean Water Action has announced that it is endorsing long-time environmental champion Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2. Clean Water Action is one of Texas' leading grass-roots environmental organizations with over 25,000 members in Travis County.
“It is difficult to imagine a more qualified candidate than Brigid for this position,” said David Foster, State Director for Clean Water Action. “She brings a wealth of expertise, a proven record of building consensus among diverse stakeholders, and a genuine passion to protect our environment and quality of life. We need energetic leadership on the Commissioners Court, and that's why we are endorsing Brigid Shea.”
Please use the resources on this site to transform your yard and your community’s landscape to protect our water resources.
“Xeriscape” simply means landscaping with plants that do well in the local climate without requiring much, if any, additional water beyond normal rainfall. This can encompass a wide variety of plant options. It is important to note that xeriscaping does NOT mean landscaping with rocks and cacti alone.
WHY CONSERVE WATER?
Population growth, a changing climate and recurring drought are straining Central Texas’ limited water resources. Conserving water is the cheapest and best way to meet future water needs. Water utilities, public officials, the business community and the general public all need to act now to conserve water for the future.
Texas has a long tradition of allowing local communities to take action to protect the well-being of their residents. But now Gov. Greg Abbott and some state legislators want to limit the ability of cities to do this, simply because they do not agree with some of the decisions local communities have made. Tell them, when the state fails to protect our communities, it's time to let our cities decide!
Governor Abbott and his allies are more interested in doing the bidding of corporate lobbyists than in upholding the tradition of local control. They are targeting: