Defending Clean Water
Bottom line for our water: a strong Clean Water Rule must be in place before the end of 2015.
The rule is needed to restore fundamental Clean Water Act protections, clarifying once and for all what resources will be covered under the law. Until the rule is finalized, small streams and wetlands — including drinking water sources for more than one in three Americans — remain vulnerable to pollution and development.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received 860,000 comments in support of this common-sense proposal. This outpouring of public sentiment in favor of clean water follows millions more calls, letters, emails and petition signatures mobilized by Clean Water Action and allies — more than on any other clean water issue — through our decade-long campaign. Read more
We’ve been busy! We’re working on a 3 major initiatives to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals and protect health!
Pushing the Market—and winning! We’ve teamed up with our national partners to urge the top 10 major retailers to “Mind the Store” by working with their suppliers to move away from using toxic chemicals in products they sell. These retailers include Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Safeway, Lowes and Ashley Furniture. As a result of our work, Walmart and Target have indicated that they are moving in this direction! And on Friday, January 23rd, Ashley Furniture, the largest manufacturer and retailer of furniture in the country, announced that it would move away from using toxic chemical flame retardants in their products!
820,000 + Americans for Clean Water!
From Colorado to Minnesota to Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action members across the country have been standing up for clean water. Since March, Clean Water Action organizers have mobilized more than 135,000 comments from members and others who support the Obama Administration’s long-overdue proposal to fix the Clean Water Act, restoring protections for small streams, wetlands and drinking water. “People care about their water and want to see it protected,” says Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass. “They understand that if you want to protect our major rivers, lakes and bays, you have to protect the small streams that feed into them.”
More than a dozen municipalities worked with Clean Water Action to pass resolutions supporting strong Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands. Leaders from Philadelphia, Austin, Baltimore, Hartford and Pittsburgh representing tens of millions of people understand that a strong Clean Water Act means better protection for local water resources and for their residents’ drinking water. One in three Americans relies on drinking water sources fed by headwater or seasonal streams — the subject of this Clean Water Rule. Read more
Baltimore Officials Lead on Water
On September 9, while the U.S. House was voting 262-152 to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from fixing the Clean Water Act so small streams and wetlands are once again protected, Baltimore took a strong stand for clean water. Baltimore City Council members voted unanimously for a resolution supporting EPA’s clean water rule.
The Council’s decisive action shows that these local officials, at least, understand that small streams and wetlands are “vital to the health of Baltimore’s drinking water,” says Clean Water Action’s Andy Galli. Once EPA’s proposal is finalized, 835 miles of streams and other surface waters flowing into the Baltimore area will benefit, along with “100 percent of Baltimore residents, who get at least some of their drinking water from sources affected by these streams,” Galli says. Read more
New England Currents
The Underground Battle for Climate and Communities
Hundreds from across Massachusetts and New Hampshire rallied this summer
on the Boston Common to protest an ill-conceived proposal for gas
expansion through New England. This pipeline, the latest project of
Texan billionaire Richard Kinder, would ship a massive quantity of gas —
fracked straight from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale — through wetlands
and watersheds, conservation lands, fruit orchards and private
Public outcry, community organizing, and legal and political advocacy have made this a front-burner issue. “It’s time to set the record straight about the role of gas in our energy future,” says Clean Water Action’s Joel Wool. When you look carefully, Wool says, gas is neither cheap, homegrown nor reliable: Read more