The Delaware River Basin Commission, a regional governing body that protects the health and safety of the Delaware River Watershed, is made up of the four governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, as well a representative from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Last year, the DRBC released a proposed fracking ban and draft gas regulations that would allow fracking wastewater to be treated/disposed of in the basin and for Delaware River water to be exported for fracking elsewhere.
Clean Water Action has requested a review by the NJ Attorney General on the proposed deal to transfer the Oyster Creek license and $982 million decommissioning fund to a Camden-based company that has partnered with a Canadian energy giant reportedly facing corruption charges in that country.
After the 2016 elections, Clean Water Action put a renewed effort into organizing communities with an eye toward electing a pro-environment majority in Congress in 2018. Staff identified districts ripe for change in several states, prioritizing 15 Congressional districts in Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Clean Water also focused on defending several senators, ensuring state legislatures across the country were led by clean water champions, and winning several gubernatorial races.
As part of a $2.5 million national election effort, Clean Water Action helped create a green wave in Pennsylvania that elected a slate of candidates who’ll chart new paths for the environment in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg.
"Person to person conversations are the best way to move the needle and motivate people to be clean water voters -- canvassing wins elections," said Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action. "We have relied on door to door canvassing to elect clean water leaders and win important policies for more than 30 years. We knew the only way to respond to the 2016 elections was to redouble our efforts, identify districts we could flip and candidates we could support, and build the people power to win elections through our field teams."
Statewide, the organization's robust field operations brought dozens of professional canvassers into neighborhoods throughout four targeted districts - knocking on more than 220,000 doors across New Jersey and mobilizing tens of thousands of voters to the polls.
Pittsburgh -- Campaign finance reports filed last week with the Pennsylvania Department of State show oil and gas companies making substantial campaign donations to prop up three Republican State House and State Senate candidates running in hotly contested races in the North Hills.
Join us on Thursday, December 13th for an evening of fun to support Clean Water's campaigns to protect Minnesota’s water, environment, and health. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to win great raffle prizes!
We're thrilled Barbara Helmick is the first recipient of the David Zwick Award. It's fitting -- Barbara changed the way that advocates organize communities.