Clean Water Action ● NC Conservation Network
August 13, 2014
Health and Ecological Criteria Division
Office of Water, US EPA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Attn: Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0135
Re: Updated National Recommended Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health\
Dear Ms. Bethel,
Over the weekend, 400,000 people in the Toledo, Ohio area were told that they should not use their tap water. While the ban on water use has been lifted as of this morning, this massive disruption is further proof that we are not doing enough to put drinking water first. In fact, not only are Congress and our state legislatures not doing enough, many elected officials are actively interfering in efforts protect clean water. Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director Lynn Thorp released this statement and the following set of policy recommendations:
“What happened in Toledo over the weekend is hardly surprising. It fits the pattern that we see time and time again – because we refuse to protect clean water upstream, we rely on our Public Water Systems to solve preventable pollution problems.
WASHINGTON, DC – This week the Government Accountability Office released DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated with Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement, the results of its two year investigation into the Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. Clean Water Action welcomes this much needed investigation into oversight challenges in the UIC program and calls on EPA to implement the recommendations detailed within the report (view the report here).
American Canoe Association - American Forests - American Rivers - Clean Water Action - International Fly Fishers Federation - Izaak Walton League of America - Natural Resources Defense Council - New Mexico Wilderness Alliance -River Network - Sierra Club - The Wilderness Society - WildEarth Guardians
July 21, 2014
The Honorable Thomas Vilsack
Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue
SW Washington, DC 20250
The Honorable Thomas Tidwell
Chief, U.S. Forest Service
Yates Building, 5th Floor, NW Wing
201 14th St, SW
Washington, DC 20250
RE: Support for the U.S. Forest Service Proposed Groundwater Directive
By Daniel Fanaroff, National Communications Intern
On Tuesday July 15, I had the privilege of attending my first hearing on Capitol Hill. I got there early to take it all in, and was the first one in the audience by a good fifteen minutes. Clean Water Action assigned me to listen and report on the hearing, held by the House Sub-Committee on Water Resources and Environment, a Subcommittee of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Clean Water Action thanks Mayor Lee Leffingwell for taking a stand to #ProtectCleanWater and the drinking water supplies for 117 million Americans, including 11.5 million in Texas.
No one has a deeper understanding of the importance of clean water and an ethic of stewardship for our land, water and the rest of the natural world on which we all depend than the farmers that I have met.
Download our #ProtectCleanWater Flyer, Posters, and QR Code by clicking on any link below.
On Monday July 7, Tom Hoffman from Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh and Khari Mosley from the National Blue Green Alliance were interviewed by Charles Showalter, host of the Union Edge: Labor's Talk Radio Show.
Tom and Khari talked about the importance of supporting the new EPA guidelines that would restore protections to the drinking water for 63% of Pennsylvanians. Hear the interview in its entirety here: