The Clean Water Blog

We All Live Downstream

srl pipeline construction
August 9, 2019

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its latest attack on the Clean Water Act and protections for our water and communities. Don’t worry if you’ve lost count -- this is the third or fourth this year -- and more are coming

What did EPA propose?

the ReThink Disposable Team at a celebration of the Alameda project
August 9, 2019

We are proud that, with the Ocean Protection Council, we have successfully wrapped a two-year project to unpackage the city of Alameda. For two years, our team pounded the pavement in Alameda, talking to business owners about our project, meeting with local government, and recruiting student volunteers and community ambassadors for the project. We invested in understanding the rhythms of day-to-day life in this vibrant, interconnected city. 

South Platte River -- Photo credit: Jennifer Peters
August 1, 2019

Visit South Platte River Park in Littleton, Colorado (a suburb a few miles south of Denver) on a summer weekend and you’ll likely see dozens of people paddling, wading, fishing, or tubing on the river. A few weeks ago I was one of those tubers enjoying higher than normal flows on the South Platte, thanks to the high snowpack this past winter. As we floated on riffles and gentle rapids, families of ducks grazed at the river’s edge and trout swam beneath us. Occasionally we got caught on someone’s fishing line or bumped tubes in crowded sections of the river.

LED Lightbulb -- Credit Jonathan Cohen -- Flickr Creative Commons
July 31, 2019

Using less energy at home is good for the environment and your wallet. Global energy need affects energy prices, emissions, and legislation. In order to reduce rising costs, our dependence on fossil fuels, and carbon emissions, taking steps to save energy is critical.

Americans could save hundreds of billions of dollars by using more energy-efficient equipment and technologies. Improving characteristics of a home and using up-to-date practices can save 20 to 30 percent on energy bills, and possibly more.

Common Inefficiencies Found in Homes

Pesticide application sign, field of dandelions
July 30, 2019

We all want clean water and a healthy environment for our families, but may not realize the hidden dangers lurking in pesticide-treated lawns.

Ready to Go Plastic Free?
July 30, 2019

You’ve heard a lot about Plastic Free July from us, and plastic pollution has also been in the news. Here’s my question – are you ready to make the move and switch away from all those wasteful single-use disposable products?



Good! Now let’s do it.



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July 24, 2019

Learn more about our fight to protect Connecticut's waterways from PFAS contamination.

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July 23, 2019

When the 2019 General Assembly session began in early January, we had high hopes that this would be a banner year for the environment and public health. We had spent the previous four months working with stakeholders from around the state to put together a plan to reduce single-use plastic pollution. We had a commitment from the Governor to fight the climate crisis by supporting mandatory and enforceable carbon emissions reductions across the three largest sectors of Rhode Island’s economy.

July 22, 2019

Donald Trump promised to "drain the swamp" - but instead, he's brought the swamp back to DC, appointing federal employees who greenlight oil and gas development, endangering America's public lands, waters, and wildlife. David Bernhardt, the Secretary of the Interior, is the quintessential swamp creature. He is a former oil and gas lobbyist with so many conflicts of interest that he carries a literal card listing them,  because he can't remember them all. But he has to: for his past two years in government, he's been banned from conducting business with his former clients.

Rooftop solar panel. photo: istock.com
July 17, 2019

How did you feel when you heard the recent news about EPA caving to big polluters and scrapping the Clean Power Plan pollution rules launched during the Obama Administration? Most of the reporting focused on the horrible climate and air pollution impacts, but the harmful water impacts will be equally severe.