Happy New Year.
William Perry Pendley, an ardent advocate for the disposal and sell-off of public lands, is still acting director of the Bureau of Land Management. In the midst of a disastrous, politically motivated relocation of BLM headquarters from Washington, DC, this first workday of 2020 will find Pendley reporting to work at the agency’s new headquarters in Grand Junction, CO.
A giant, heartfelt thank you from Clean Water to everyone who joins in the fight to protect clean water -- from the team at Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund!
Thanks to members and supporters like you, we have slowed the Dirty Water Agenda and made sure the conversation in Washington DC and state houses and city halls across the country was about prioritizing people and protecting our water and health.
We couldn't do it without you, seriously. Scroll down to see a few thank you notes from our teams across the country.
On Thursday, December 19th I participated in a "virtual" public hearing on the Trump administration's dangerous plan to let dirty power plants dump even more pollution into our rivers, putting more communities at risk. These rollbacks will impact communities across the country. Despite this, EPA decided not to host an in-person hearing on this issue, deciding instead to host the virtual hearing in the middle of the holiday season. This is not the type of meaningful engagement that communities deserve.
Below is what I told EPA. Please read it and then send a message to EPA!
Last month, we gathered at Baltimore City Hall with City Council members, community association presidents, faith leaders, insurance and health experts, and people from all across the city who have been impacted by the problem of sewage backing up into their home.
In Abingdon in Harford County, a developer has proposed to build a new "Abingdon Business Park:" three e-commerce/warehouse facilities, four restaurants, two flex retail spaces, one hotel, one convenience store and additional flex spaces, requiring the clear-cutting of 226 acres of a 330-acre forest. While sometimes development on forested lands is necessary, the developer has not proven that the negative externalities to the public are outweighed by the benefits, or that they considered putting their project on sites that would have less of an impact on water quality.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed long-awaited revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The LCR is a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Its purpose is to reduce lead and copper at the tap in drinking water provided by regulated Public Water Systems. This is the first part in a series.
Part 2 or 3 (read Part 1 here)
UPDATE: Patagonia exhausted the match. Thank you to all who doubled their donation for clean water!
Outdoor gear manufacturer Patagonia has laid down an exciting challenge for Clean Water supporters. Between now and the end of the year, the company is making up to $10 million available to match donations made to environmental nonprofits Patagonia has supported in the past. Clean Water Fund is on that list.
Part 1 of 3 (see Part 2 here)
At a time when our water faces unprecedented threats – extreme cuts, rollbacks and blatant giveaways to big polluters – we hear from many Clean Water Action members who want to be able to do more.
Top Ten Reasons Clean Water Fund should be on YOUR list
#10 Future Generations – Decisions and actions taken in the next 6-10 months could determine our Clean Water Future for decades to come. Now is the time to get involved by making your tax-deductible gift to Clean Water Fund today.