Protecting Clean Water in the Real World


Ellen Gilinksy -the EPA Senior Advisor for Water- at event in Austin, Texas

It’s hard to imagine a U.S. House of Representatives more out of touch with reality.  People support protecting water resources and getting in front of climate change and off of fossil fuels.  Today, the Committee responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act passed a bill to block EPA progress in restoring protection to streams and wetlands.  Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee passed a spending bill blocking important policy proposals on both these critical issues.

Out in the real world, our Protect Clean Water Campaign activities continue to demonstrate that elected officials, farmers and the public want to protect our streams, wetlands and drinking water sources.

  • Over the weekend, Senator Mark Udall attended a “Celebration of Clean Water” event hosted by Clean Water Fund, the Rocky Mountain Farmer’s Union, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the American Sustainable Business Council.
  • Today in Austin, Texas our staff joined Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Environment Texas at an event with top EPA officials to share comments in support of the proposed rule.
  • Clean Water’s Eastern Pennsylvania Director Brooks Mountcastle had a compelling opinion editorial published in the Reading, Pennsylvania Berks Country today.  Contrary to PA Farm Bureau, Farmers Do Support Clean Water Rules.

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

DC Imposes a Citywide Ban on Polystyrene Foam

by Lily Biggar, Communications Intern

For folks like me living in the nation’s capitol, this summer has brought unbearable humidity, another so-so season for the Washington Nationals, and continued congressional frustrations. However, DC has finally given us a reason to smile.

On July 14th, the City Council voted to place a ban on polystyrene foam, the harmful petroleum-based material used in everything from packaging to takeout containers.

While the ban may go unnoticed by consumers using polystyrene only to hold their morning coffee, it will certainly be noticed by our environment. Read more…

Posted on July 15, 2014  | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off

What the Appalachian Trail Taught Me about Clean Water

by Rachel Sicheneder, Clean Water Action alum

Water. Clean Water. It’s amazing how my thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail has completely centered my life around it. For safety measures I carry at least one liter of water at all times. Because of this I am constantly checking and re-checking my maps to locate my next water sources. Will my next fill up be a spring or a river? Will I have to travel up or down a mountain to get to it? Will it be clean enough to drink straight? Or will obvious signs of pollution force me to pull out my filter?

I sometimes try and find towns along the way by following the small blue trails of water outlined in my guidebooks. I’ve found that nearly every time a river widens or converges there will be some form of civilization along its banks. We have always based our lives around the availability of water and the Trail is no different. Read more…

Posted on July 3, 2014  | Filed Under Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | 1 Comment

Talking About #ProtectCleanWater

by David Gerraughty, Community #ProtectCleanWater Campaign Team Leader

Put Drinking Water First


Providence, Rhode Island — When I talk to people on their doorsteps in Massachusetts and Rhode Island about our Waters of the United States campaign, the reaction I get most often is:


I tell them that small streams and wetlands have lost federal protections that had been in place for 30 years. They say:

How can that be?

I talk about how our powerful opponents have used the court system to whittle away at the scope of the Clean Water Act. They say:

That’s just wrong. Read more…

Posted on July 2, 2014  | Filed Under Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off

Meet the Communications Intern!

By Lily Biggar, Communications Intern

I have always loved the water. My sister and I grew up in central Florida with a neighbor kind enough to let us enjoy the vast lake hidden behind his property. The two of us spent afternoons wading in the shallow waters as we searched for minnows and took turns sitting on my dad’s lap as we cruised across the lake in the old speedboat.

When my family moved to Washington, DC, I left the lake behind, but took with me a lasting appreciation for water. Read more…

Posted on June 23, 2014  | Filed Under Global Warming and a New Energy Economy, Healthy, Safer Families and Communities, Making Democracy Work, Protecting America's Waters | Comments Off

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