In fact, 2012 and 2013 have brought many additional important victories for our health and environment. We’ve led successful campaigns for new laws in Minnesota to protect infants and children from formaldehyde and BPA. We’ve advanced water conservation in Texas with a new law preventing homeowner associations from banning water efficient landscaping. We’ve helped dozens of cities and towns in California to ban plastic bags and/or foam foodware. Plans for two proposed new coal-burning power plants in Michigan have been scrapped, creating new opportunities for renewable energy and economic growth. And that’s just some of what we’ve accomplished together in the past two years.
Today’s clean water challenges and opportunities are no less demanding than those faced by our organizations’ founders in the 1970s. Despite huge clean water improvements across the country over the forty years since we helped win the Clean Water Act’s passage, too many of our lakes, rivers and streams are still not fishable and swimmable.
As documented in our latest research report, for example, coal-fired power plants still dump millions of gallons of toxic chemicals into our waterways every year. We face serious 21st Century challenges for protecting our drinking water, managing water resources, preventing toxic pollution from power plants and other sources, and making energy choices that will keep our water clean.
There is one other accomplishment from our past four decades worth mentioning — our success building a base of more than 1,000,000 members and supporters in communities across the country. People like you who care about our water and our health are the key to our success.
Thank you for your generous support. I look forward to working with you for clean water and
healthy communities, now and for the future.
-Robert Wendelgass, President & CEO