Clean Water Action was recently a partner in the Earth Conservation Corps’ 2013 Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Lower Beaver Dam Creek Clean up.
STLF's mission is to reveal leadership through service relationships, and action, they engage college, high school, and middle school students in service and leadership. Together with Anacostia Riverkeeper, Groundwork Anacostia, Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek, Friends of Quincy Run, and the Town of Cheverly we were able to pull out 52 tires, 135 bags of trash, 60 bags of trash, two car bumpers, two bikes, a lawnmower, and weed whacker from the water. In total we had 250 students volunteer for this event.
kick coal ash
The Senate has tried time and time again to make it harder to protect our communities from coal ash. So far, we've been able to stop them. These various bills have failed to provide meaningful protections to the thousands of communities living near dangerous coal ash dumps. The latest bill (S. 3512 - which is "dead" would have permanently barred the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from ever establishing enforceable standards to protect human health and the environment from harmful coal ash pollution. We expect to a similar bill introduced in the new Congress.
In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay. The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010. That deadline will not be met. Clean Water Action supported the strongest possible version of this latest agreement, understanding that we would continue fighting for the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as the likeliest means restoring the Bay.