We won! Governor Martin O’Malley’s signing of the Watershed Protection and Restoration Act culminated years of efforts by Clean Water Action and allies. This Act will support water quality protections for urban and suburban streams and rivers statewide and strengthens Maryland’s commitments to Chesapeake Bay restoration. The measure will cut pollution from streets and parking lots and provides incentives for reducing impervious paved areas which are a major pollution source. Read more
from the director
This October the Clean Water Act turns 40. Clean Water Action will also celebrate its 40th.
The 1972 law was passed to clean up our lakes, rivers, streams, oceans and bays and to make all other of our nation’s waters swimmable and fishable — including, of course, the Chesapeake Bay.
Our organization got its start as the “Fisherman’s Clean Water Action Project.” We were central to building the national movement that won the Clean Water Act’s passage. From the beginning, we used grassroots organizing to mobilize the public and build the power to persuade public officials to vote for clean water on behalf of their constituents.
DC to Fund Toxics Cleanup Study
Washington, DC’s City Council approved $1.5 million in the 2012 budget for a study that will lead to cleanup of toxic sites around the Anacostia River. The assessment of the extent of contamination and the scope and costs of fixing the problems will make the actual cleanup more efficient. Clean Water Action will press for “polluter pays” solutions that hold the responsible parties accountable wherever possible, though these toxic sites are the legacy of decades of pollution. Clean Water Action will also work to make sure those residents whose neighborhoods are most affected have a say in cleanup decisions.
Plastic Bag Ban?
On June 1, a clean water amendment offered by Northern Virginia’s U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-8) and supported by Clean Water Action failed 152-237.
The amendment would have allowed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with long-delayed plans to restore critical protections for streams and wetlands which have been lost or weakened in recent years. Clean Water Action strongly supports these agency actions. Drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans remain at risk until EPA and the Corps can act.
Why Go Solar Today? 750 Good Reasons
Electricity costs skyrocket each summer, whenever your air conditioning powers up to tackle the heat. Our members in Maryland and Delaware have a great chance to do something about this today. Our partnership with Sungevity makes it easierm than ever to go solar with a rooftop solar electric system.
Here’s the 750-reasons deal:
1) Sungevity will give you $750 when you sign up for a zero-down solar lease, and
2) they’ll also donate $750 to Clean Water Fund.