Clean Water Action experienced several victories at the State Capitol this year. Thanks to our members, we were able to ban two toxic chemicals from specific children’s products, create a framework to ensure our waters are cleaned up, and set Minnesota on a path to promote the next generation of clean energy sources.
Banning Formaldehyde in Children’s Personal Care Products – PASSED!
Clean Water Action, as a co-lead of the Healthy Legacy coalition, supported a bill (SF 357 – Rest / HF 458 – Persell) to ensure children are protected from formaldehyde in their personal care products, such as shampoo, soap and lotions. The bill bans the intentional use of formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in personal care products designed for children under eight years old. Governor Dayton signed the bill on May 13 and so now these products will be formaldehyde free no later than August 1, 2015.
Clean Water Action is a proud member of the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs Campaign, which mobilizes more than 50 energy, labor, youth, faith, environment, and conservation groups, as well as clean energy businesses to advance groundbreaking state policies that create jobs for Minnesotans and generate clean, local, renewable energy, while protecting our health.
The campaign answers Governor Dayton’s call to establish Minnesota’s sustainable energy future this year and beyond — and promotes economic, energy and climate solutions supported by the majority of Minnesota voters.
Six years ago, our state took a big bipartisan step to cleaner energy and a stronger economy, proving that we can create thousands of jobs. But our work is not done — and we cannot afford to wait.
We must take the next step to promote clean, renewable energy; reduce costs and red tape for these industries; and promote energy efficiency to ensure family-supporting jobs, clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a protected natural environment for future generations.
Take Action Tell your legislators to support clean energy and jobs for Minnesota's future.
Asian Carp are voracious eaters which grow faster and compete better than native fish species, thus toppling the food chain and disrupting ecosystems – they are also on our doorstep. Asian carp were caught at the mouth of the St. Croix River, near Hastings, Minnesota, this past April.
In order to protect Minnesota’s waters we have to stop, slow and control their progress. This means stopping their spread above the Twin Cities, slowing their entry into Minnesota along the Mississippi River while continuing to develop effective long-term control measures. We can do this but the time is short.
President Obama can play a key role in this effort. He has placed a high priority on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes and significant progress has been made there. However, in order to protect Minnesota’s waters we have to keep an eye on all fronts. Ask President Obama to provide regional coordination, agency prioritization and sufficient funding to keep Asian carp out of Minnesota.
Did you know the shampoo, cleaner, or laundry detergent you wash down the drain can harm your health and the health of our water?
Find out how these chemicals are making their way from our products into our bodies and water
Learn steps you can take to reduce your exposure and protect your health and our water
The energy we use in Minnesota is directly connected to the quantity and quality of our water. Energy production is the largest consumer of water in the state and the old ways of generating power which rely on burning fossil fuels or nuclear fission harm our health and our environment.
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are not just a nuisance when they reach Minnesota’s water but are a significant economic, safety and water quality threat. The most effective and feasible approach is to prevent their introduction. Clean Water Action is working on multiple fronts to prevent the next invaders from reaching our waters. Learn what you can do to help.