The first Earth Day helped drag us kicking and screaming into realizing that we were destroying this planet that sustains us. Still, too many people think of “the Earth” as an esoteric concern.
We were working recently with Hugh Sisson and his team at Heavy Seas Beer, trying to come up with the right labeling to include on cases of his company's craft beer during 2016, when Heavy Seas' case sales will generate donations for Clean Water Fund's programs to protect clean water in seventeen states and the District of Columbia, as well as in the region where the beer is brewed.
While in some places today people are voting in municipal and statewide elections, the U.S. Senate is voting on whether to undo clean water progress. Later this afternoon, U.S. Senators will take up a bill we call the Dirty Water Act. Spearheaded by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the misleadingly titled Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S.1140) would block implementation of policy that clarifies Clean Water Act protection for critical water resources.
Science Advisory Board Panel to EPA: Too Many Uncertainties to Say Fracking Impact on Drinking Water is NOT “widespread” or “systemic” I spent 3 days in the Science Advisory Board (SAB) Panel review of EPA’s fracking and drinking water study, released in June. The SAB is a 30 person expert panel of multidisciplinary scientists from academia and industry. They were tasked with reviewing the almost 1000 page Assessment, chapter by chapter. I tagged along to testify with representatives from other NGOs and many other people personally impacted by fracking activities.
Last weekend, I was heartbroken as I watched the Animas River turn orange. For those of you who have not had the occasion to visit the Animas River or drive through some of its mountain towns like Silverton, simply driving by can seem as though you are inserting yourself into a John Fielder or Ansel Adams photo.
By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director - Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)