drinking water

Swimming for Clean Water

February 15, 2017

“We’re all in this together. We’re all humans. And we are a team that should support one another. I hope that someday it’s possible for everyone to have clean water and be healthy”Jackie, 9

When the Youth Tritons swim club contacted us about doing a swimmathon to benefit Clean Water Fund, on the occasion of the Tritons’ 30th Anniversary, we said “Yes!” – of course. Our goal is their goal: fishable, SWIMMABLE, drinkable water, for everyone!

Tell the New Jersey Pinelands Commission: No Pipeline in the Pinelands

January 9, 2017

It’s back, just like a bad dream. The highly controversial South Jersey Natural Gas application for a 23-mile, mile gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands forest preserve is back on the burner

A construction site where uncontrolled sediment is flowing into a storm drain

Funding for polluted runoff protections falls short in Frederick

August 17, 2016

“Generally, they’re getting worse.” That was the verdict on Frederick County’s local streams at last night’s public hearing on the County’s Financial Assurance Plan, a document that should outline how the County government will pay for stormwater restoration projects mandated by the Chesapeake Bay Plan.

Fredrick County Maryland photo for Brent Bolin blog post

Maryland residents drive new effort to protect drinking water, local streams in Frederick

August 16, 2016

Local policy push aims to clean up Monocacy and Potomac rivers.

Sewage Overflow in Baltimore. Photo by Jennifer Kunze

6 Million Gallons of Sewage in Baltimore's Waterways

August 8, 2016

When Baltimore City’s sewer system was first installed in 1909, it was considered cutting edge technology. Now, after over a century of neglect, it is undersized and outdated, and has led to raw sewage flowing into the city’s waterways and flooding residents’ basements.

Christie Administration Floods the Garden State

June 2, 2016

Right now, over 90 percent of New Jersey's waters do not meet one or more water quality standards. These standards are set by New Jersey under the law and the state is obligated to meet them.

So, one would think that our state government would be doing all they can to improve the quality of our water by ensuring the standards are enforced. Nope. They are, in fact, doing the complete opposite.

Welcome to California, Mr. Trump...

May 31, 2016

Last Friday in Fresno, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for President in November, took on the California drought with his usual attention to detail and accuracy. 

Speaking at a rally, Mr. Trump reportedly said it was "insane" and "ridiculous" to decribe California as having a "water problem."

big agriculture continues to cause major nitrate pollution problems in California

Help Us Solve California’s Nitrate Problem

May 11, 2016

Agriculture was a $54 billion industry in California in 2014, and the numbers have continued to grow each year despite the drought.  But that profit comes at a cost and one of those costs is water quality in our farming communities. 

Photo by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, 2004.

Our disconnect with water: Scott Pond and linking individual actions to the health of our waters

May 9, 2016

Earlier this month, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Department of Health released an advisory to avoid contact with Scott Pond in Lincoln, Rhode Island due to the presence of blue-green algae in the water.

Water flowing into a drain. Photo credit: Jitinatt Jufask / Shutterstock

It's Not Just Flint

March 25, 2016

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, a lot of media attention has focused on the country’s aging water infrastructure, nationally. Here in California, many people do not have access to clean drinking water.