Lily Biggar; Former Communications Intern [Ed. Note - though we were sad to see Lily go, we're lucky enough to have her dispatches from Copenhagen]
A month ago, after completing my summer internship with Clean Water Action, I wrote to say that I’d be spending the fall semester studying sustainability in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Most of the buzz surrounding Danish sustainability stems from the country’s leadership in wind energy. Wind currently accounts for nearly 20% of the nation’s electricity consumption— that’s four times that of the United States! Denmark has recently set the goal and is well on its way to extend wind’s share of electricity consumption to 50% by 2050. Read more…
By Phil Dimotsis, Campaign Organizer – Follow Phil on Twitter (@PhiluptuousD)
Today was historic. Today we showcased nearly 750,000 public comments (that’s three quarters of a million, and counting) from people like you to EPA Water’s Deputy Assistant Director, Ken Kopocis, staff from US Army Corp of Engineers, and to Maryland’s US Senator Ben Cardin. We showed them the broad public support for EPA’s proposal to protect the nation’s streams and wetlands. They were enthralled. Kopocis said at one point, “Clean water provides a boom to the economy…brewers, recreation & agriculture depend on clean water.” And it’s TRUE, all the little things we take for granted every day absolutely depend on clean water and healthy watersheds.
We’re so proud of this. It represents nearly a decade of our work (blood, sweat, and tears included) creating the momentum necessary to get EPA to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act and restore vital protections for stream health, and ultimately our health. Read more…
By Susan Eastwood, Campaign Organizer – follow Susan on Twitter (@SCEastwood)
Emil, age 8, said it best. “Don’t throw trash on the ground because when it rains, it washes into the river and dirties the drinking water.”
Five year old Archie drew a contrast in bright colors, to compare “a happy fish swimming by a rainbow waterfall” with “a fish throwing up. It’s what’s gonna happen if people keep putting garbage in the water.”
Avery, age 8, showed two children holding their noses next to a polluted stream with a very sad fish swimming among the mess.
When you look at these kids’ drawings about water, you know that they get it. They get that we all need clean water to live and that it is common sense that we must protect our air and water as the most basic necessities of life. Read more…
by Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President & CEO, follow on Twitter @BWendelgass
When Congress overwhelmingly passed the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, we set an incredibly ambitious goal: eliminate all water pollution.
Before the Act, the Cuyahoga River caught fire, Lake Erie was declared “dead,” untreated waste was routinely dumped in rivers and streams, and wetlands were thought to be useless swamps that needed to be drained for development or agriculture. The Clean Water Act changed all of that. Over the past forty-two years we have seen amazing progress for our water.
The Act is visionary – it changed how we think about our nation’s relationship with our water resources, after more than a century of pollution and degradation.
The Clean Water Act turns 42 on tomorrow (10/18). To celebrate we’ll be sharing reflections on the Act, talking about the fight to protect clean water, and discussing what we can all do to put drinking water first.
By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTWCA)
The Clean Water Act became law 42 years ago this week. It’s got a straightforward name and ambitious goals (zero pollution into our nation’s waterways.) Getting there is not so simple. I have two birthday wishes for this law.
First, we have to close loopholes that leave some water unprotected even though science tells us it should be. Right this minute, a huge policy battle is being waged over whether streams, wetlands and other bodies of water should be covered by the Act’s programs. I used to think streams and wetlands were landscape features. Now I know that they are actually part of our water infrastructure. What I mean by that is that they perform a function that we often think has to be performed by engineering and building things. Streams and wetlands filter pollution before it makes its way downstream to rivers and lakes, including rivers and lakes where we get our drinking water. This protects public health and wildlife. Wetlands and streams also prevent flooding, which can cause economic disruption and displace people from their homes. My first birthday wish for the Clean Water Act is that we stop arguing over the obvious and support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to close this loophole. Read more…