Putting the Yuk Into the Clean Water Act Policy Debate

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter – @LTCWA

I’m pretty sure that anyone who read today’s news about three teenagers urinating into a finished water reservoir in Portland OR thought “…. Yuk, I don’t want that in my drinking water!” We need an similar but overwhelming public reaction of disgust and outrage about polluters’ effort to block one of the most important pieces of clean water policy in decades.

According to news reports, cameras caught three teenagers urinating into a reservoir used to store drinking water which has already passed through the treatment plant. The Portland Water Bureau was forced to flush millions of gallons of water out of the system to avoid any unintended contamination issues. Uncovered finished water reservoirs are the subject of interesting drinking water policy discussions, but that’s not the subject of this post. Read more…

Posted on April 17, 2014  | Filed Under Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Leave a Comment

Cool Shades, Clean Water

by Jonathan A. Scott (@jscottnh on Twitter)

Put Drinking Water First“What do hip-hop sunglasses have to do with Clean Water?” you might ask.


This is not an academic question. Todd WWhen Todd Wilkerson, founder and CEO of trendy eyewear company Shuttershades first approached Clean Water Action about supporting our organization we had to think about it (for a second, but not any longer than that).

Here are some of the obvious answers:

Everybody cares about clean water. We all have a stake in keeping our water clean. Right now is Earth Month. As far as we’re concerned, it’s all about the water. Read more…

Posted on April 17, 2014  | Filed Under Protecting America's Waters | Leave a Comment

Failing to Protect Drinking Water in California

By Andria Ventura, California Program Manager

On April 15, California’s Department of Public Health announced an enforceable drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (also called chromium-6, the contaminant made famous in the 2000 movie Erin Brockovich, of 10 parts per billion (ppb).  This is a disappointing end to the 10 year wait for a limit that was supposed to be established by legislative mandate in 2004 While California is now the only place in the US to regulate hexavalent chromium in drinking water, this standard is 500 times higher than the public health goal of .02 ppb, which is the level at which no significant negative health impacts would be expected. Since most known hexavalent chromium contaminated drinking water sources are between the public health goal and 10 ppb, this standard also ensures that only 15% of them will be treated. Read more…

Posted on April 16, 2014  | Filed Under Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Protecting America's Waters | Leave a Comment

On Tax Day – Let’s End the Subsidies

By Nic Clark, Michigan Director Follow Nic on Twitter – @ClarkNic

Remember the Enbridge oil spill in the summer of 2010? We’re quickly approaching the four-year anniversary of that environmental disaster and the Kalamazoo River is still dealing with the consequences of Enbridge’s screw up.

For far too long in this state and country, we have relied on fossil fuels to power our communities and economy. I am a firm believer in the idea that we need to move away from these dangerous and outdated forms of energy towards a renewable energy future. Read more…

Posted on April 14, 2014  | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Leave a Comment

Protecting Clean Water in Vermont: a flatlander’s view

Put Drinking Water First  by Jonathan A. Scott, Managing Editor, Clean Water Action News (@jscottnh on Twitter)

First, I admit for the record that I do not live in Vermont. However, I can see Vermont from my house. It’s over there, right on the other side of the beautiful Connecticut River.

Also for the record, as a New Hampshire resident only since 1989, my views may carry less weight than a native-born New Englander. If you live here, you know that is because only 2nd or 3rd generation Granite Staters are considered true natives. The rest of us “flatlanders” might be living here now, but we are lumped together with all those other folks who live or used to live in Massachusetts, New York or other places to the south. Read more…

Posted on April 4, 2014  | Filed Under Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off

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