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Shopping Frenzy

by Jonathan A. Scott, Clean Water Action’s Director of Corporate Relations, on twitter @jscottnh

By now, you and everyone else online, has been buried in shopping promotions. Here are my personal tips, as someone who’s been part of Clean Water Action for more than 30 years:JonMeme

  1. Shop smarter, greener. Whenever possible, I try to buy local, from people and businesses in my community. I rely on Fair Trade and Organic certification to help make sure my purchases are better for people and the planet. Or, and this is a radical idea, I don’t buy anything at all.
  2. Make your online purchases count. Our partners at have a great app that works automatically with your internet browser to generate micro-donations that really add up for Clean Water Action (at no cost to you). With hundreds of thousands of users, those donations really add up. Join them by following these easy steps.
  3. Sign up and help us win. A new sweepstakes from offers you the chance to win a $500 travel voucher to fly anywhere this holiday season and other great prizes including big cash $$. If you win Clean Water Action wins a donation too. Enter here, and get additional chances to win with the online shopping app and by sharing with friends.
  4. Shortcut to savings. has curated a great collection of Black Friday and CyberMonday savings. This link takes you direct to online Black Friday deals where your purchases benefit Clean Water Action. Cyber Monday deals for online purchases via this link (which goes live on Monday) will also benefit Clean Water Action. If you’re going to be buying online anyway, why not do it to help our great cause.

Remember, the choices you make about what, when, where, how and whether to buy something at all can have great impact for good. We know you will choose wisely.

A Clean Water Tale of Two Senators

By Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaigns Coordinator, Follow on Twitter

WOTUS PA ImpactIt’s sad that despite broad national support for the Clean Water Rule, Congress seems intent on ignoring their constituents while protecting polluters by attempting to block commonsense protections for our water.

First, Congress tried to pass a bill (S. 1140) that would have forced the Administration to start the rule making process over. Thankfully, the bill failed to move forward. This legislation would have been a waste of time and taxpayer money and it would have guaranteed less public participation and protection for our water.

A day after failing to advance S.1140, the Senate passed a resolution (S.J. Res. 22) to permanently block these protections and bar the Administration from proposing similar protections in the future. This resolution impedes commonsense protections for our water, is a massive giveaway to polluters, and codifies the confusing status quo, leaving the sources of drinking water for millions permanently at risk. Thankfully, the White House has already threatened to veto this legislation.

When it comes to clean water protections, Pennsylvania has a tale of two United States Senators. Legislation to derail protections continues to be supported by Senator Pat Toomey. Fortunately, Pennsylvania also has an environmental champion who has been willing to stand up in support of protections for clean water – United States Senator Bob Casey.

As one of the more than 800,000 Americans who voiced support for the Clean Water Rule, I’d like to thank Senator Casey you for standing up for these important restored protections for streams, lakes, wetlands and other vital water resources. On the other hand, I’m extremely disappointed with Sen. Toomey’s constant efforts to block and kill commonsense protections for the drinking water sources of most Pennsylvanians.

With more attacks likely on the way, our elected officials will be given further opportunities to show where they stand. Isn’t it about time that Congress started working in a bipartisan manner to strengthen our nation’s efforts to protect water, instead of gutting them? Hopefully going forward Pennsylvanians can count on BOTH Senator Toomey and Senator Casey to stop all attempts to block and weaken the Clean Water Rule and oppose any future policy riders in spending bills that would undermine its protections. Tell Sen. Toomey and his colleagues to stop playing political games with your clean water today – click here to take action.

The Dirty Water Caucus Strikes Back


By Lynn Thorp, Campaigns Director – On Twitter (@LTCWA)

While in some places today people are voting in municipal and statewide elections, the U.S. Senate is voting on whether to undo clean water progress. Later this afternoon, U.S. Senators will take up a bill we call the Dirty Water Act. Spearheaded by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the misleadingly titled Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S.1140) would block implementation of policy that clarifies Clean Water Act protection for critical water resources. As if that is not enough, it is likely that Senators will then proceed to invoke the rarely used Congressional Review Act to overturn the same U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Army Corps of Engineers “Clean Water Rule.” Read the rest of this entry »

Science Advisory Board to EPA on Fracking: It’s Complicated

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 By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny

Science Advisory Board Panel to EPA: Too Many Uncertainties to Say Fracking Impact on Drinking Water is NOT “widespread” or “systemic”

I spent 3 days in the Science Advisory Board (SAB) Panel review of EPA’s fracking and drinking water study, released in June. The SAB is a 30 person expert panel of multidisciplinary scientists from academia and industry. They were tasked with reviewing the almost 1000 page Assessment, chapter by chapter. I tagged along to testify with representatives from other NGOs and many other people personally impacted by fracking activities. Among other things, we wanted to make the case that it is untenable for EPA to keep in the Executive Summary the topline conclusion, “We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have lead to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water in the United States” and the phrase “the number of impacts was small relative to number of hydraulically fractured wells.” Read the rest of this entry »

Honored to Receive an Award from Clean Water Action

This post was originally published on Groovy Green Livin’

By Lori Popkewitz Alper

Honored to Receive an Award for Rockstar Mom for Safe Chemicals Groovy Green Livin

This past Saturday was an incredible day. I received an award for being a “Rockstar Mom for Safe Chemicals” from one of my favorite Massachusetts organizations, Clean Water Action.

The award was given to 8 Massachusetts women who are champions of environmental justice, clean energy and safe chemicals. I was incredibly humbled to be in such amazing company. These women truly are rockstars!

In the photo above I’m standing next to rockstars Kristi Marsh and Erin Boles (with her son). Awards were also given to rockstar moms (see photo below) Cheryl Durr Patry, Eugenia Gibbons, Michelle Gottlieb, Gail McCormick and Laura Spark. Read the rest of this entry »

Budget Chaos Will Not Lead to Safe Drinking Water

PutDrinkingWaterFirstBy Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – on Twitter, @LTCWA

Frequent readers know I love Dr. Michael McGuire’s This Day in Water History blog. This week I learned that on October 21, 1914, the U.S. Treasury Department issued the first-ever numerical drinking water standards. For over 100 years, there has been recognition of the need for a federal government role in setting drinking water quality requirements. It’s not so surprising, given overwhelming data demonstrating that the American public chooses drinking water as an issue of top concern. Read the rest of this entry »

The Clean Water Act Can’t Work Without You

By Jennifer Peters, Water Programs Director – On Twitter: @EarthAvenger

This month marked 43 years since the landmark Clean Water Act became law. Yet, while many of our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and bays are cleaner because of it, we still face water pollution challenges. Not because of lack of technology or innovation, but because of powerful polluting industries that have the ear of politicians – big oil, big ag, and big developers (just to name a few). Because of this constant political pressure to weaken critical protections for our water resources, paired with limited and often dwindling state and federal resources, enforcement of the Clean Water Act is largely driven by everyday people concerned about their communities.with gina - smaller

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is about democracy as much as it is about stopping water pollution. Public involvement in how the CWA is applied and enforced in the real world is vital to address water pollution problems. Congress recognized this importance by including explicit provisions for public involvement in the language of the CWA. Public empowerment is in the Clean Water Act’s DNA. Read the rest of this entry »

43 Years Young

43 Years of the Clean Water Act

By Michael Kelly, Communications Director – On Twitter, @MichaelEdKelly

The Clean Water Act turns 43 on October 18. Read the rest of this entry »

Victory: California’s new plastic microbead ban is nation’s strongest

Breaking News!  Governor Brown signed AB 888 (Bloom) to ban the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products into law. Clean Water Action was a co-sponsor of the bill fought for three years to get this landmark bill passed. This would not have been possible without Clean Water Action members like you.
AB 888 memeAB 888 is the strongest plastic microbead ban in the country. Unlike laws passed in other states, there is no loophole that allows biodegradable plastics to be used as a substitute. This is huge because biodegradable plastics don’t actually degrade in the marine environment. The new law does allow the use of natural alternatives. Read the rest of this entry »

The Golden State Exemptions: California Aquifers Are Being Lost to the Oil and Gas Industry

Sacrificing our water for oil and gas

Exempting an aquifer is to sacrifice it forever

 By John Noël and Andrew Grinberg – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny and @AndrewBGrinberg

In January, Clean Water Action exposed a little known secret in the Safe Drinking Water Act that lets oil and gas companies dispose of their wastewater and conduct oil and gas extraction activities directly in potential sources of drinking water.

The secret is called an “aquifer exemption”. The reason it exists to make things easier and cheaper for drilling companies. The oil and gas industry had a hand in writing the provision decades ago and has been writing off our drinking water in the name of fossil fuel production ever since.

We wish we were making this up. Read the rest of this entry »

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