Washington - Today Clean Water Action called on the U.S. Congress to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to close loopholes in Clean Water Act protection. At the same time, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate held a rare joint hearing on the proposal, which is overwhelmingly supported by over 800,000 commenters, including hundreds of local elected officials.
"Despite the overwhelming support from the public and elected officials, the majority leadership in Congress seems determined to cater to special interests like industrial agriculture and fossil fuels" said Robert Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action. "Elected officials from Connecticut to California commented in favor of the proposal and asked the agencies to finalize an even stronger rule. "
Clean Water Action welcomes publication of EPA's long awaited final science report that shows small streams and wetlands can impact water quality downstream.
Washington - Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, an extensive, peer reviewed summary of the latest science on the vital importance of small streams and wetlands to downstream water quality, including drinking water sources. The findings in the report will guide the final Clean Water Rule currently being developed by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers. These agencies are working to finalize a rule this spring that would clarify protections for over half of the nation's small streams and 20 million acres of wetlands. These vital water bodies feed the drinking water for more than 1 in 3 Americans.
Clean Water Action's President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass, released this statement.
“We cannot continue to jeopardize the quality of one of our most precious natural resources. My priority with this bill is the safety of Californians.
Newark, NJ-Today, New Jersey-based recipients of the Kresge Foundation's Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative gathered in Newark to announce a new grant and partnership that will focus on climate-resiliency planning, policy development, and implementation efforts to advance the priorities and needs of low-income people. View photos here.
The Kresge Foundation selected seventeen community-based nonprofits from across the nation, out of over 230 nonprofit applications, with the grant. As the only application selected in New Jersey, Ironbound Community Corporation, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, and Clean Water Action, have been awarded this opportunity in Newark to work as a collaborative team to deepen their leadership in local and regional climate resilience efforts and create a Newark Resiliency Action Plan (Newark RAP). This partnership will work in conjunction with the City of Newark, community leaders, and residents to address efforts to reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, adapt to the changes already underway, and foster social inclusion and cohesion.