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Pumpjack at the Lost Hills Oil Field
February 19, 2019

My name is Jesus Alonso, and I am the Kern Environmental Justice Community Organizer for Clean Water Action. I was born and raised in Lamont, a small, low-income, Spanish-speaking migrant community in Kern County. I am passionate about our work in Kern, not only because it is where I grew up but because the hard-working people of Kern face some of the worst environment-related health impacts and poorest air quality in our state. Multiple nearby pollution sources, including agriculture and oil and gas infrastructure, continually fill our air with contaminants. 

Protect our water from PFAS
February 14, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a plan that summarizes ongoing activity, affirms commitments the agency made in May 2018, and announces several new initiatives. The  “PFAS Action Plan” is an exhaustive review of what EPA is doing and commits to some new initiatives.

Given the urgency around PFAS chemicals it is still literally the least EPA can do.

NJ_Empower NJ_Wind Energy
February 13, 2019

Today, Empower NJ released a new report​ documenting the devastating climate impacts of 13 fossil fuel projects in New Jersey.

February 8, 2019

Yesterday I received what might be the most fantastical press release the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Public Engagement has released in a while. It said that EPA is advancing President Trump’s Infrastructure Agenda through investments in water infrastructure, which is interesting because there hasn’t been any news about a new infrastructure agenda or any new financing programs for water projects. 

Massachusetts State House - William Zhang
February 8, 2019

We are gearing up for a new legislative session and that means a brand new slate of bills that our elected officials will be considering for the next two years.  As always, Clean Water Action is committed to being a loud and present voice on Beacon Hill and all over the state fighting for environmental justice, public health, and climate change action.  

NJ_Waste_RethinkDisposable_Dodge Poetry Festival 2018
February 6, 2019

Clean Water Action was honored to once again work with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in greening the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark.

Community advocates, including ReThink Disposable team members, celebrate the passage of the Berkeley ordinance
January 30, 2019

Last week, Berkeley’s City Council unanimously passed a resolution that will drastically reduce the amount of disposable food ware from the city's restaurants. Berkeley’s new Disposable Free Dining ordinance is a game-changing step forward in the global movement to stop plastic pollution from endangering waterways, wildlife, and communities. 

Let's Take Our Democracy Back
January 30, 2019

Why do so many Members of Congress stand by – or, even worse, pile on – whenever the Trump Administration advances another one of its reckless anti-environment giveaways to big polluters?

Maybe it’s because things have been systematically rigged to boost the influence wielded by big polluters and other corporate special interests. When people like you who care about clean water are effectively shut out – or worse, ignored by those elected to represent us – bad things can happen.

Michigan Capitol building / photo: Denny Green, Clean Water
January 28, 2019

Lame Duck Heroes and Zeros

The end of 2018 was record-breaking. After passing 351 bills over the course of the first 22 months of Michigan’s 99th legislative session, lawmakers passed a whopping 408 bills in a frenzied four-week long lame duck session. This was the busiest and the most environmentally destructive lame duck session in state history. Many of the bills passed were so widely unpopular that sponsors neglected to introduce them until after things died down post general election.

a dog in a river / photo: flickr.com/isthmene CC
January 22, 2019

Start by Taking Charge of Your Change – a new way you can support the fight to Protect Clean Water.

We’ve all had this experience.

You make it to the end of the check-out line. Then, in front of everybody, the cashier looks you in the eye and says “Will you be adding a donation today for [name that worthy cause]?’