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October 19, 2017

In Frederick County, MD, there are several competing theories about the source of the name of the Monocacy River.  One is that it meant “muddy waters” in the language of the Native Americans who lived there.  That certainly makes sense when you look at it – in living memory, the Monocacy has been a muddy river, with severe sedementation problems that make the river run red and brown after a rainstorm.  But others say that Monnockkesey was the Shawnee name for the river: “river with many bends.”  That’s certainly true: the largest Maryland tributary to the Potomac, the river makes many curve

October 19, 2017

What is IT, you ask? It’s bettering our products, homes, and lives by going flame retardant free! These chemicals have been linked to increased rates of cancer and problems with fertility, development and the nervous system and can be found in many common household items such as furniture, electronics, and toys.

We won' go backward - protest photo (Women's March on DC Jan 2017). Credit Michael Kelly
October 18, 2017

We can change the world. We can fight for the things that are right and stop the really bad ideas and the injustices we see. But we have to get involved. We have to do the work. That is what Clean Water Action members are doing. I am gobsmacked by their engagement and their passion.

October 18, 2017

One of the toughest challenges working in the environmental movement is it can be difficult to point to a specific and measurable impact, in the same way that polluters can kid themselves they’re doing well, with their up-ticking sales and profit graphs.

October 10, 2017

Those of you reading the New York Times will have seen the recent story on spiking Fentanyl deaths across America.

America’s opioid epidemic is drawing public attention to a less-considered side effect of mushrooming dependence on prescription medications: water pollution by pharmaceuticals. And that’s where we at Clean Water Action come in.

October 10, 2017

We are hoping that everyone is having a good fall. As the leaves start to turn, visit a local farm with the family to enjoy apple and pumpkin-related festivities! Then curl up with some local apple cider and check out some clean water updates:

Photo licensed via Creative Commmons: Harald Pettersen/Statoil
October 10, 2017

Donald Trump and his acolyte Scott Pruitt may want to abolish the Clean Power Plan - a policy that frankly could have been stronger in the first place - but they can't stop the transition to clean energy, or, more pertinent their own interests, the decline of coal.

Forest in Fall along river
October 9, 2017

Forests are critical to the long term health of Frederick's streams, the Monocacy River, and our communities. 

Forests:

October 5, 2017

“Most of my district is within one mile of the tracks that crude oil has been transported on. I don’t want any more crude oil tank cars putting the neighborhoods in my district at risk.”

EPA office building
October 4, 2017

Today the Senate is considering nomination for four top positions at EPA. All four have close ties to the chemical and fossil fuel industries, and all four are committed to rolling back programs that keep our water clean or protect our families from toxic chemicals.