October 2, 2014— Regional water utilities, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, national water organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency organized a “Toast to Tap” celebration on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Congress passed the Act in 1974 and authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate drinking water supplies by setting water quality and delivery standards. Hosted in the Park at CityCenter in Northwest DC, the event brought together members of the water community and local businesses to highlight the value of safe water to the metro region.
Washington, DC - Today the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078. The bill seeks to stop the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) from moving forward with a proposed rulemaking to clarify which small streams and wetlands are covered under the Clean Water Act.
Clean Water Action President and CEO, Robert Wendelgass released this statement:
(Plymouth, MA) – On Tuesday, Clean Water Action members gathered at Brewster Gardens in Plymouth to endorse Matt Patrick (D-Falmouth)—an environmental champion who has devoted his life to protecting our waters, growing the green economy, and taking action on climate change. As a community activist, nonprofit leader, small business owner and former five-term State Representative, Matt Patrick has engaged his community at every level and is currently running for the Plymouth and Barnstable State Senate seat.
Austin – The environmental organization Clean Water Action has announced its endorsement of the City of Austin's Proposition 1 on this November's ballot. Prop 1 would authorize $600 million in bond money for a startup urban rail line, subject to the condition of receiving federal matching dollars in the same amount. It would also authorize $400 million in road projects.