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Clean Water Action Joins Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Environment Texas in Applauding EPA Rulemaking on the Waters of the U.S.

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."

Published On: 
07/16/2014 - 14:20

Texas Currents - Spring/Summer 2014

texas currents
spring/summer 2014 edition

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
 #ProtectCleanWater here.

Clean Water Action Endorses Brigid Shea for Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2

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.”

Published On: 
12/06/2013 - 09:08

Your Xeriscape Headquarters

Welcome to the Clean Water's Xeriscape Headquarters for Texas

Please use the resources on this site to transform your yard and your community’s landscape to protect our water resources.

Xeriscaping: About the term

“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.

Conserving Water in Texas

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.

Take Action today - Tell your legislators it's time to conserve water in Texas!

Clean Water Action Endorses Ann Kitchen and Gregorio “Greg” Casar for Austin City Council

Austin – The environmental organization Clean Water Action today announced its first two endorsements for this November's 2014 Austin City Council elections: Gregario “Greg” Casar for District 4 and Ann Kitchen for District 5. The November council election marks the first time that Austin will be selecting its council members from 10 single-members districts rather than at-large. The mayor will continue to be elected at large.

Published On: 
08/28/2014 - 14:17

A new environmental dispute brews between feds and Texas over water

Foretelling a new environmental battle between state and federal regulators, Attorney General Greg Abbott on Monday demanded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency back down from a proposal to expand the definition of federal waters to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways.  

Published Date: 
08/12/2014

Protecting Austin's Drinking Water: City Council Offers Full Fledged Support for EPA Proposal to Protect Clean Water

Austin – Today, the Austin City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council, and thanks Council Member Laura Morrison for introducing the resolution and Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council Member Bill Spelman for co-sponsoring it. View the resolution here.
Published On: 
08/07/2014 - 09:56

Stand Up for Strong Rules on Carbon Pollution!

#ActOnClimateThe Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on whether to close the loopholes that allow corporations and big polluters to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. This same pollution is already having devastating effects on water from Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and is putting our agricultural and tourism industries at risk.

Click here to submit your comment today!

‘Water on Home Front’ workshop tomorrow

In anticipation of another hot, dry summer, San Marcos' Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) will host a workshop on residential water conservation on the evening of Monday, May 19 at the Dunbar Recreation Center. The workshop is open to the public and will feature presentations from Clean Water Fund, the City of San Marcos, and landscaping expert Robert Beyer.

San Marcos is currently in stage 3 Drought Restrictions, and conditions are expected to worsen during the summer.

Published Date: 
05/21/2014
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