Sewage backups in homes have been increasing in frequency in Baltimore over the past two decades. However, the City has not addressed this problem as the health and environmental hazard that it is, leaving impacted residents with little support. Residents who have experienced sewage backups in their homes and environmental organizations have been sounding the alarm about the effects of sewage backups, pushing Baltimore City to take action to address this environmental injustice.
California passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) almost a decade ago as a step to bring the states’ depleted groundwater aquifers to sustainability. With increased droughts, the implementation of SGMA and protection of vulnerable communities dependent on small water systems and domestic wells is urgent. Over the last 2 years, Clean Water Action has reviewed and analyzed over 95 groundwater sustainability plans, in every groundwater basin covered by SGMA, closely evaluating the steps local agencies are taking to protect vulnerable communities.
The Environmental Justice for All Act (H.R. 2021), introduced by Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Representative Donald McEachin, (D-VA) is a long overdue package of reforms that will help address the history of environmental injustice that has led to undue burdens of pollution on people of color and low-income communities. Clean Water Action has submitted the following letter to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee in support of this legislation.
July 26, 2022
In This Issue
- Celebrating Clean Water Action's 50th Birthday
- Protect Our Water from Chemical Spills
- Making Environmental Justice a Policy Priority
- Protecting All of Our Water
- Taking on “Forever” PFAS Chemicals
- We All Live Downstream: Clean Water Podcast
- More National Campaigns News
- State and Regional News
Meeting summary from the Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in San Francisco Bay Fish virtual forum which took place on February 4th, 2022. The forum was organized by Clean Water Action - Clean Water Fund, the California Indian Environmental Alliance, and the San Franscisco Estuary Institute with assistance from the Green Science Policy Institute and The Water Foundation.
This joint scorecard from Clean Water Action and Sierra Club Michigan Chapter is a first in the history of both organizations, focusing not on environmental bills in the Michigan legislature but scoring bills that would have harmful impacts on our democracy.
Groundwater resources play a vital role in maintaining environmental sustainability in California. During a typical year, approximately 40 percent of the state’s total water supply comes from groundwater. During dry years, groundwater contributes 60 percent (or more) of the state’s total supply, and serves as a critical buffer against the impacts of drought and climate change.