clean water action

Reject the Dirty Water Rule

Trump’s polluter handout threatens your right to clean water – comment by April 15th!

April 12, 2019

On April 10th, Trump issued an Executive Order that limits states’ ability to protect their own water resources from harmful pipelines and other dirty energy projects.

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Trump’s Dirty Water Rule Threatens Virginia’s Waters

April 3, 2019

Virginia greatly depends on Clean Water Act protections for safe drinking water, healthy wildlife habitats and profitable industries reliant on clean water. The Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented proposed rollback of Clean Water protections directly conflicts with these priorities. The Dirty Water Rule would have numerous adverse impacts on:

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Why New Jersey Needs a Bag Ban Now

March 27, 2019

The great state of New Jersey has a chance to make a huge splash in the fight to save our oceans from plastic pollution.

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A Call to Action: We Can Take Back the Tap, One Municipality at a Time!

March 18, 2019

Older cities and towns throughout New Jersey and the nation are facing a public health crisis - lead in drinking water.

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After the #trashtag

March 15, 2019

Internet challenges come and go, and generally I don’t pay much attention to them. This week, however, I began to see pictures of people posing with bags full of trash they had collected pop up all over social media. It seems the #trashtag challenge has taken off across the globe, bringing a ton of attention to a problem that has plagued us for decades, ever since the advent of our convenient, throwaway lifestyle.

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Greening the Dodge Poetry Festival

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.

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Plastics and toxics in baby products

January 8, 2019

My spouse and I are expecting our first child in the spring. Needless to say, our friends and families are very excited, and we are receiving a lot of advice and insight. One of the most frequent nuggets we have been getting goes something like this: “It really starts to get fun and exciting when you get to put together your baby registry!”

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Go Plastic Free - Join ReThink Disposable in 2019!

December 30, 2018

2018 was the year of plastic with plastic pollution reaching public attention more than ever before. The global plastic crisis made the cover of National Geographic, headlines in multiple international news sources and documentaries, and even a special on 60 Minutes. We also saw more plastic pollution policies introduced and adopted worldwide, including over twenty local policies in New Jersey!

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Why Littering Is Not the True Problem

July 30, 2018

In our efforts to reduce waste, we have often heard people say that the “real” problem is the people who throw their garbage on the sidewalk and out their car windows. Of course, we agree that we should change this behavior, but the truth is that littering is not the real problem. We need to change the entire system because the plastic trash that floats in the world's oceans actually decompose and release potentially toxic substances into the water. 

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Short-term Satisfaction, Long-Term Ramifications: The Environmental Issues with Online Shopping

July 18, 2018

The addiction to instant gratification has turned e-commerce into an environmental monster. The fascination with on-demand service and the growth of a “got-to-have-it-now” culture has compelled shipping companies to carry fewer items in their vehicles in order to meet time demands. For expedited shipping orders the e-commerce giant Amazon sends trucks only halfway or partially filled to meet arrival deadlines.