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Clean Water Action is working on a number of bills in the current legislative session to protect our drinking water, address climate change, reduce plastic pollution, and more. Learn more about our priorities and take action to tell your legislators that these issues are important to you!
In August 2014, the California Legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), marking a fundamental shift in the management of water resources in California. For the first time, groundwater in the state will have to be managed to protect the long-term reliability of the resource. SGMA is thus an important step forward, but achieving the objective of sustainability will ultimately depend on the commitment and participation of a large number of actors throughout its implementation.
Recently, more and more information has gone public that has exposed the oil and gas industry as a major threat to California's water supply. From illegal injection of oil and gas waste into drinking water, to dumping of toxic wastewater into unlined pits, to irrigation of crops with potentially contaminated oil byproducts, there has been no shortage of cause for alarm.
Help us get over the last hump in our effort to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products. Urge Governor Brown to sign AB 888 (Bloom) into law.
A single tube of facial cleanser or toothpaste can contain 3,500 plastic microbeads, which are used as exfoliants or simply to add color. These beads are rinsed down the sink or shower drain and end up being sent to sewage treatment plants that are not designed to remove floating plastics. Approximately 38 tons of plastic microbead pollution are discharged into California’s waterways and the ocean every year. They do not break down in water. Instead they absorb toxic chemicals from waterways, like PCBs and flame retardants, turning these plastic microbeads into tiny little toxic pills. These particles are then eaten by wildlife and some of the toxic chemicals move up the food chttp://www.cleanwateraction.org/node/5546/edithain into seafood that many people consume! AB 888, which bans these minute plastics while promoting environmentally benign innovation, has passed the state Legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW! Send a message to Governor Brown, urging him to sign AB 888.
Manufacturing products with less toxic materials and promoting the development of "green chemistry" can not only protect our communities, workers, and ecosystems, but can actually save businesses money, increase efficiency, reduce liability, and give them a competitive advantage as other parts of the world regulate the use of toxic materials.
As California enters its third consecutive dry year, water conservation is a popular topic - television, newspapers, billboards, and radio messages are telling us to conserve water because of the drought.
Clean Water Action agrees that we should practice additional conservation during times of drought. But California's is a dry climate that is expected to become dryer still as the impacts of climate change intensify. This drought gives us an opportunity to rethink our attitudes about and our overall use of water.
The exploding use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer in post World War II agriculture generated an agricultural boom in California and throughout the US. Today seven of the top ten agricultural counties in the US are located in California and in 2010, California agriculture generated $37.5 billion in sales.