Industry claims the “sky is falling” with EPA’s Clean Water Act proposal, but their concerns belie the truth

By Brooks Mountcastle, Eastern Pennsylvania Director

wetlandsAfter watching the recent online videos of some Congress members lambasting the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over proposed restorations that will bring clarity to the Clean Water Act, one might conclude that “jack booted thugs” (a term popularized in 1995 by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre in his description of federal agents) were coming to lock up the pool, bird bath, or creek in your yard.  But nothing could be further from the truth. The lies being tossed around by some in Congress are so full of holes they don’t even hold, well, water. Read more…

Posted on April 24, 2014  | Filed Under Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Leave a Comment

Earth Week = Action to #ProtectCleanWater

By Michael Kelly, Communications Director – Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelEdKelly

Earth Week kicks off today and what better way to celebrate than standing up for Clean Water?

President Obama’s proposal to fix the Clean Water Act, which was broken by the Bush Administration, is open for public comment. And we need a lot of public comments – because polluters are doing everything they can to stop the proposal.

Click here to join thousands of Americans and tell President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that you want to #ProtectCleanWater. Learn more here. Read more…

Posted on April 21, 2014  | Filed Under Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | 1 Comment

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 a 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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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