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Pursuing a Passion for Clean Water

By Kaitlyn Lindsey, Clean Water Action Maryland Intern – Follow our Maryland Team on Twitter (@CleanWater_MD)

Hey Clean Water Community! My name is Kaitlyn Lindsey. I am going into my fifth and final year at Towson University where I have been studying Family Science.

I have a passion for helping people. More specifically, my passion is for helping families. I hope to one day make a difference by working with advocacy and policies that affect family life and maybe even go to law school. Read the rest of this entry »

35 Years of Clean Water in Maryland!

Group Photo from Maryland Celebration

Celebration in Baltimore!

By Will Fadely, Baltimore Program Organizer – Follow Will on Twitter (@TrillChillWill)

Clean Water has been organizing and advocating for Maryland’s communities for 35 years now so we decided to throw a party!

Advocates, elected officials, community members, and the like dressed up and came down to Baltimore to honor former Regional Directors, Andy Fellows and Dru Schmidt-Perkins. Read the rest of this entry »

A Clean Water History Lesson

426_EPA_CleanWater_RallySign_03_x1a-1 - smallerBy Jon Scott , Director of Corporate Relations – Follow Jon on Twitter (@JScottNH)

Richard M. Nixon (R) 1969-1974 (1972 Clean Water Act veto over-ridden by Congress, which passed the law and overrode the veto with strong bipartisan support. After veto attempt and unsuccessful attempt to embargo Clean Water Act funding, upholds the Clean Water Act)

Gerald R. Ford (R) 1974-1977 (upholds the Clean Water Act)

Jimmy Carter (D) 1977-1981 (upholds the Clean Water Act) Read the rest of this entry »

Just Released Fracking Study is First Step in “Putting Drinking Water First”

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn of Twitter (@LTCWA)

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited draft Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil & Gas on Drinking Water Resources. For anyone who cares about drinking water, this is big news. The Assessment includes literature review and new research on dozens of topics related to how fracking threatens drinking water.

Spoiler alert: As my colleague John Noël says in our press statement here: The Assessment smashes the myth that there can be oil and gas development without impacts to drinking water. Fracking is a complex process that poses a complex array of potential risks to drinking water. The Study lets us know what we need to do to protect drinking water and public health by outlining the numerous vulnerabilities throughout the fracking water lifecycle. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking at the Clean Water Rule through a Trout’s window

Eastern Brook trout. Credit: USFWS

Eastern Brook trout. Credit: USFWS

By Chris Bathurst, National Canvass Coordinator

I live and fish in Western Massachusetts. I am particularly interested in native Brook Trout, which I have fished for more than 25 years. These beautiful creatures require very specific conditions to thrive. The presence of Brook Trout is an indicator as to the cleanliness and health of both the surrounding and upstream environment. Over the last 25 years of wading streams I have learned that all water, no matter how small the stream, eventually connects and influences the larger branch to which it flows. And it is the Trout that taught me. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Clean Water for All of the Water Bugs

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By Becky Smith, Massachusetts Campaigns Director

My little water bug took her inaugural canoe ride on Saturday, May 23rd, just a few weeks before her first birthday. We paddled the waters of the “mighty Nemasket River” which wasn’t exactly mighty, but still a huge adventure for us that sunny day in Southeastern Massachusetts!

On our paddle, we hit a few rough spots of fast water, portaged over a couple of dams, and I shielded her face from several branches while taking a beating of my own. She came out smiling every time! I did not have to protect her from dangerous, dirty water, however, because we were in a river that has long been protected by the Clean Water Act, though it is a small tributary to the larger Taunton River. Read the rest of this entry »

EPA Clean Water Rule: Minnesota will now be the Land of 10,000 Cleaner Lakes

By Steve Schultz, Minnesota Program Organizer

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and water is an integral part of any Minnesota summer – cannonballs off the dock, mornings on the lake fishing, afternoons on the pontoon, lazy days at the beach. Minnesotans value our water for so many reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

Clean Water Rule = Critical to Maryland

By Will Fadely, Baltimore Program Organizer – Follow Will on Twitter (@TrillChillWill)

Having a healthy water source is critical to our economy. From agriculture, to wildlife, to craft brewing, and clean tech, clean water is the lifeblood to it all. Headwater and seasonal streams feed the drinking water sources of two out of every three Marylanders. In some jurisdictions, like Baltimore City, every resident relies on these streams for their drinking water. But these streams have been at risk for more than a decade.

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) changed all of that when they finalized the long awaited Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule closes loopholes and ensures that all tributary streams, regardless of size or frequency of flow are covered under the Clean Water Act. It will restore protections to thousands miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands. It is a huge step in the fight to protect clean water. Read the rest of this entry »

A Big Win for Our Water in Maryland

Daniel Niles and Troiano Rivera, Maryland field organizers – Follow our MD team on Twitter (@CleanWater_MD)

As field organizers with Clean Water Action, we inform residents about environmental issues and ask them to contact elected officials to take action. We have been working on the most important water campaign since the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. And this week we had a huge victory – the Obama administration finalized the Clean Water Rule. The Clean Water Rule will restore protections for the drinking water for 2 in 3 Marylanders and safeguard the streams and wetlands that are vital to communities, wildlife, and small businesses throughout Maryland.

Speaking to residents around the state, especially in Baltimore, we find that protecting clean water is hugely popular. Over the years, Clean Water Action campaigns to restore clean water protections have garnered hundreds of thousands of public comments. The message from the public is the same — our water comes first. This isn’t surprising – a recent poll found that 80% of Americans support Read the rest of this entry »

The Health of Virginia’s Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay Depends on the Clean Water Rule

By Michael Bochynski, Virginia Program Organizer – Follow Our Virginia Team on Twitter (@CleanWaterVA)

This week we are celebrating the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule, which restores Clean Water Act protections to tributary streams and wetlands. The release of the rule will ensure that polluters must get a permit to limit the amount of pollution that can be dumped into Virginia’s waterways, thereby protecting the quality and health of downstream rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

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