New Jersey Currents
Climate Change, Water, and Jobs
On September 21, Clean Water Action joined more than 400,000 people in New York City for the largest climate march in history, the People’s Climate March. “Climate change is water change,” says Clean Water Action’s New Jersey Director, Amy Goldsmith, “and if we want clean water for our future, we have to take action on climate now.”
When Congress first passed the 1972 Clean Water Act, it was with the understanding that all streams and wetlands can impact the biological, physical and chemical integrity of larger downstream waters. But starting in 2001, polluter-friendly court decisions and the agency actions that followed stripped away longstanding Clean Water Act protections, leaving critical resources vulnerable to pollution and destruction. We’re taking action here - you can too. Read more
New policies to be proposed by the Obama Administration would finally restore protection for all streams and wetlands.
The long-anticipated move follows more than a decade of campaigning by Clean Water Action and allies, and seeing this restoration of Clean Water Act protections through to completion is a top priority. Read more
Gov. Christie and a majority of state legislators have worked relentlessly to weaken basic environmental protections, dismantle critical clean water, air, energy and open space protections. They have failed to address Superstorm Sandy recovery. New Jersey needs champions in Trenton who will stand up for New Jersey’s environment and point out the many links between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Clean Water Action (formerly the New Jersey Environmental Federation) announces the following 2013 endorsements, based on the candidates’ records and positions. Please VOTE ENVIRONMENT on Tuesday, Nov. 5th!
Legislature Too Close to Governor Christie's Anti-Environment Agenda
For more than 40 years, New Jersey has enjoyed a national reputation for its strong and bi-partisan environmental leadership.
That reputation has been tarnished over last four years, with Chris Christie as governor and an increasingly anti-environment legislature. During this time, anti-environment bills sailed through to approval, rolling back hard-won water, air and land protections. The pro-environment position prevailed on only four of the eighteen most important bills, and even those were weakened considerably before passsage. Read more
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As the fourth largest oil producing state in the country, California must responsibly manage the massive waste stream generated by the oil and gas sector. This report examines the risks to California water and air quality associated with just one part of this waste stream: oil and gas wastewater disposal into open-air and unlined pits. The investigation that preceded this report found a long-term ongoing failure on the part of regulatory entities tasked with protecting public health and the environment to properly monitor and restrict the use of these pits, despite demonstrated threats to public health and the environment.
November 17, 2014
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20460
Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170: Comments on Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 and 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report
The undersigned organizations present these comments on three aspects of the Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines (ELGs) Program Plans:
This is the second in a series of white papers that illustarate the importance of Putting Drinking Water First. Read the first paper here.
Recent incidents of widespread drinking water service disruption have drawn attention to the importance of protecting drinking water sources from contamination.
Baltimore Officials Lead on Water
On September 9, while the U.S. House was voting 262-152 to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from fixing the Clean Water Act so small streams and wetlands are once again protected, Baltimore took a strong stand for clean water. Baltimore City Council members voted unanimously for a resolution supporting EPA’s clean water rule.
The Council’s decisive action shows that these local officials, at least, understand that small streams and wetlands are “vital to the health of Baltimore’s drinking water,” says Clean Water Action’s Andy Galli. Once EPA’s proposal is finalized, 835 miles of streams and other surface waters flowing into the Baltimore area will benefit, along with “100 percent of Baltimore residents, who get at least some of their drinking water from sources affected by these streams,” Galli says. Read more