Clean Water Action thanks Mayor Lee Leffingwell for taking a stand to #ProtectCleanWater and the drinking water supplies for 117 million Americans, including 11.5 million in Texas.
Providence – Last week, the Providence 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 Councilman Seth Yurdin for introducing the resolution (read the resolution here).
“We need more leaders like Councilman Seth Yurdin and his fellow city council members. EPA’s proposed standards are strong, commonsense, and put drinking water first,” said Jamie Rhodes, Rhode Island director for Clean Water Action, “This resolution shows that, despite what we are hearing out of Congress, there are elected officials who are willing to stand with their constituents instead of the deep pocketed polluters.”
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."
Washington, D.C - Yesterday, July 14th 2014, the D.C Council voted unanimously to pass the ban on polystyrene foam food containers, as a part of the D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013. The ban will cover carryout food containers at grocery stores, restaurants and take out locations. This includes items like clamshells, cups, plates, etc. and will take effect January, 2016. In 2017, all disposable food ware will have to be recyclable or compostable.