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Lake Sam Rayburn, photo: US Army Corps of Engineers
September 19, 2017

An oil and gas surface disposal land farm application was rejected per a letter from the Texas Railroad Commission to the applicant Common Disposal as of Tuesday, September 11.

September 19, 2017

Yesterday, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted to pass H5082, which will phase out the use of organohalogens, a dangerous chemical used in flame retardants that is associated with cancer and respiratory ailments.

The Senate already unanimously passed this bill in the spring, but when the General Assembly adjourned suddenly in June, the House version was left in legislative limbo. Over the summer, we worked to make sure that a strong version of this bill would be on the agenda  when the General Assembly reconvened in the fall to address its unfinished business.

photo: flickr.com/suzettesuzette/ (CC BY 2.0)
September 19, 2017

There is nothing like a home cooked meal made from scratch.  Make sure the care you take to create a delicious, healthy meal isn’t undermined by harmful chemicals leaching from your cookware. 

A new development peeks from behind farm fields
September 15, 2017

Anne Arundel County has started the process to update the General Development Plan. The General Development Plan (aka Plan 2040) is the vision for what Anne Arundel County should become. It sets the groundwork for future decisions on land use and zoning - where new homes and businesses go - that have an enormous impact on local and regional water quality. We want to make sure that the plan addresses improved transportation, protection of the environment, and sustainable development.

Protect the Great Lakes, Shut Down Line 5
September 14, 2017

During the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board’s public comment period on Line 5 in July, over 11,000 Clean Water Action members in Michigan made their voices heard, telling the state to immediately decommission the Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.

Vote pins. Credit: luismmolina / iStockPhoto
September 14, 2017

Clean Water Action is proud to announce our endorsements of Elizabeth Dickinson for mayor of St. Paul, and Betsy Hodges for re-election as mayor of Minneapolis.

Elizabeth Dickinson for Mayor of St. Paul

September 7, 2017

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a long time opponent of efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay, has crafted an amendment to a federal appropriations bill that prohibits the EPA from using funds to enforce EPA’s Chesapeake Bay clean up.

August 31, 2017

Clean Water Action is conducting a study of 200 homes in Baltimore City and County to test for lead contamination in drinking water.

Lead can enter water if it is present in the service lines, in-home pipes, or faucets and fixtures in your home, and if water is corrosive or has high mineral content.  To learn more about how lead enters drinking water, click here.

Clean Water Action can test your drinking water for free if:

Lake Michigan, photo: flickr.com/elviskennedy  (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
August 31, 2017

Over the course of the last winter, Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality held a public comment period on Nestle again asking to increase the amount of water that they take from a well in Osceola Township, Michigan. Clean Water Action members from across the state made their voices heard.

August 25, 2017

Our $400,000 Ocean Protection Council-funded project has officially launched on the island of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Clean Water Fund attended the 33rd Annual Alameda Art and Wine Faire on July 29, 2017 to unveil a groundbreaking project called “ReThink Disposable: Unpackaging Alameda, ” to create a model “unpackaged” community by engaging 100 food businesses on the island to become ReThink Disposable certified.