Since When Is Clean Water Up For Debate?

Congress Holds Another One-Side Hearing on Administration Proposal to Protect Clean Water

Washington – Today the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineer’s proposed Definitions of “Waters of the United States” Under the Clean Water Act. This is the fourth hearing on the proposal since it was published in the federal register on April 21. Clean Water Action submitted testimony for the record (find it here - and released this statement:

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06/11/2014 - 10:33

Protecting Philly’s Drinking Water: City Council Offers Full Fledged Support for EPA Proposal to Protect Clean Water

Philadelphia – Today, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for introducing the resolution (find the text of the resolution here).

“We need more leaders like Councilwoman Reynolds Brown and her fellow city councilmembers.

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06/12/2014 - 11:02

Stand Up for Strong Rules on Carbon Pollution!

#ActOnClimateThe Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on whether to close the loopholes that allow corporations and big polluters to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. This same pollution is already having devastating effects on water from Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and is putting our agricultural and tourism industries at risk.

Click here to submit your comment today!

Carbon Standards for Existing Plants are a Huge Step Forward for our Water and the Fight Against Climate Change

For Immediate Release
June 2, 2014

Washington – Today the Obama administration announced carbon pollution standards for the nation’s existing power plants. These landmark safeguards for public health, the environment, and climate are the biggest step forward in our fight against climate change. Americans from Boston to Minneapolis to Oakland have been calling for this step for years. Clean Water Action welcomes the new proposal and will mobilize our more than one million members to support President Obama’s proposal.

Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO released this statement

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06/02/2014 - 08:18

Small Businesses Don’t Benefit from Polluted Water

For immediate release

May 29th, 2014

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Small Business held a hearing on EPA’s proposed rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to half the nation’s streams and more than 20 million acres of wetlands. These bodies of water feed the drinking water sources for 117 million Americans and support small businesses from craft brewers to sport fishers to developers to recreation companies. Clean Water Action issued this statement:

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05/29/2014 - 12:12

EPA’s Clean Water Proposal is Good for Business and Water in Michigan

Ann Arbor  – Today’s US House Oversight and Government Operations Subcommittee “field hearing” in Plymouth veered sharply into “the fact-free zone,” during discussion of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal for closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act, according to leading environmentalists and business leaders.

“EPA’s proposal to restore Clean Water Act protections is good news for the more than 1.4 million Michigan residents whose drinking water depends on it,” said Nic Clark, Clean Water Action’s Michigan Director. “Anyone who lives here knows how important clean water is to our state and expects our rivers, streams and our Great Lakes to be protected.”

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05/06/2014 - 09:15

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Toomey wants EPA to stop water rule

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey expressed his concerns over a proposal that would change which waterways can be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency with Cumberland County farmers Friday.

The Clean Water Act gives the EPA the right to regulate navigable bodies of water that flow between states. Toomey says the EPA proposal would dramatically expand that.

"The EPA's new rule would virtually make all outdoor water eligible for their regulation," Toomey said. "What if a farmer has a stretch of land, that every once in a great while, in a very heavy rain, develops a big puddle that stands for awhile? Are they going to come in and decide to tell him whether or not he can plant in that space?"
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Oppose HR 524 - Community Letter - April 2014

Download the letter here.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Honorable Don Young
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
2165 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


Dear Representative Young:

On behalf of our millions of members, we write to express our opposition to H.R. 524 and urge
that you oppose this legislation. H.R. 524 eliminates an important safeguard under the Clean
Water Act, which ensures that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can carry out its
oversight and enforcement responsibilities to protect our nation’s water sources.

Years of Living Dangerously - Premier Episode

As the president said in June 2013, we "don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society". We couldn't agree more. President Obama also asked if we have "the courage to act before it's too late". We think we do and that's why Clean Water Action and our million members are committed to working with the president, with Congress and State Legislatures...with anyone who is willing to join us to combat climate change before it's too late.

The new Showtime series,Years of Living Dangerously brings the storyof Climate Change home in ways that everyone can understand and share. It debuts on April 13th. Catch a sneak preview of the first episode right here.

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