Protecting & Conserving California's Water

Sacramento, California capitol building

California Currents | Summer 2020

In this issue read more about our campaigns to tackle toxic forever chemicals, protect communities from oil and gas pollution, rethink disposable prodcuts in schools, and more.

TCP in California's Drinking Water

Because pesticides are meant to kill living organisms, they are by their nature, toxic. However one chemical — 1,2,3-TCP, or Trichloropropane — was particularly toxic to humans and persistent in the environment.

Perchlorate in California's Drinking Water

California is one of only two states that have set enforceable drinking water standards for the chemical perchlorate in drinking water.

California State Capitol

California Legislative Priorities for 2021

Clean Water Action plays an active role in the state legislative process.  We introduce and sponsor bills to protect our environment and communitie

From We All Live Downstream

Marguerite Young - Clean Water Action board member
April 22, 2020

Earth Day has always had a special meaning for me – a birthday for Earth and a call to action to do what we can to protect it. In 1970, I organized the very first Earth Day event at my school in Oakland. Eschewing the bus, I enlisted a crew of friends in a bike caravan to ride 10 miles to school. Alarmed by the oil spills along the coast, and the poisoning of wildlife and humans from DDT, my classmates and I led a day long teach-in. This was the spark that ignited what has become a lifelong career as an activist.

Dripping spiggot
March 27, 2020

With all that’s happening right now, it can be difficult to pay attention to  anything other than the news of the day. I’m focused on groundwater; how we use it – and use too much; how we protect it from pollution – or don’t; and how we can ensure that it’s available when we need it. And even on a day when we’re not focused on a pandemic, groundwater can be easy to forgot about -- it's our invisible resource.

February 15, 2017

Our California Water Program Manager, Jennifer Clary, moderated a well-attended breakout session at the Green California Summit in Sacramento this morning on "Funding Safe and Affordable Drinking Water."

The problem being discussed: There are more residents in California whose drinking water standards are failing than the entire population of Flint, Michigan.

You can take action here now to join us in making the call for the state to create a fund to address the problem.