Archive for the 'Protecting America’s Waters' Category

Failing on Stormwater Protection


By Representative Lauren Carson, House District 75 (Newport)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has been called out by the federal government for years of failure to comply with the Clean Water Act, neglecting its drainage systems and allowing runoff from highways to pollute more than 200 bodies of water in our state for years on end. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting Drinking Water First – Back to Basics

Not so much

Pure Michigan? In Flint, not so much

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

Our approach to drinking water protection – “Putting Drinking Water First” – feels light years away from the crisis in Flint, with seemingly nothing to offer based on what we have learned about the causes of this situation. Over 100,000 people are unable to use their tap water. Flint already had high levels of lead-poisoned children. Now those numbers have doubled. A Legionnaire’s disease outbreak may well be related. All because officials put the bottom-line first. Read the rest of this entry »

A Veto to Protect Clean Water

Thank President Obama

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

Despite massive popular support for the Clean Water Rule, Republicans in Congress have tried to stop it since the day it was proposed. They finally got enough votes in both Houses to get something to the President’s desk – SJ Res 22, a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congress Review Act.

President Obama vetoed Congress’ latest attempt to kill commonsense safeguards for our water last night. It seems like it took him all of 30 seconds to make the decision. This a huge win for anyone who cares about clean water – thank the President here. Read the rest of this entry »


By Brent Bolin, Chesapeake Regional Director

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly session opens today, kicking off a frenetic 90 days during which Clean Water educates legislators and connects our members to their representatives. We expect 2016 to be a decisive session for a number of our longstanding campaigns and we need YOU to help us make good things happen. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Visions

Congress_National_Capitol_Building_Reflected_SmallerBy Michael Kelly, Communications Director – On Twitter: @MichaelEdKelly

Congress has barely been in session for two weeks. Unsurprisingly, the House has continued its streak of standing up for corporate polluters at the expense of the American people. Two of the first votes of this session put our water, our health, and our economy at risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Wins…Despite Big Opposition

2015_eCard_img1 (plain) New yer messageBy Bob Wendelgass, President & CEO – on Twitter, @BWendelgass

2015 was a year of big wins for Clean Water Action, despite well-funded opposition by polluters and their allies in Congress!

Victory #1:  In May of 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Clean Water rule that restores protection to the sources of drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans.  Clean Water Action helped lead the campaign that made this happen, generating hundreds of thousands of emails, letters, and postcards to the EPA and the White House calling for strong action.
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Our Latest Trip Around the Sun: A 2015 Collection of Articles and Insights

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

I wanted to highlight some of my favorite insights and developments this year in the world of oil and gas, drinking water protection and climate change. I did not include the more well known high points, notably, EPA’s Carbon Pollution Plan, the Popes historic visit to the US and the recent COP 21 Paris agreement. Instead these potentially lesser-known but still wildly important stories will tee up Clean Water Actions’ work in 2016 along with helping to shape the conversation in the broader movement.

Aquifer Exemptions Exposed Nationwide and California Regulatory Meltdown

UIC AE Program Graphic - How Many Aquifers Have been SacrificiedIn January 2015, Clean Water Action released a report outlining a little know provision in the Safe Drinking Water Act that provides an exemption for the oil and gas industry. The program effectively writes off drinking water resources in favor of oil and gas wastewater disposal and expanded production.

In order to raise awareness in the drinking water professionals’ community on this issue we published a journal article in the American Water Works Association. The editor warned that the article “would snap your head around” for readers not familiar with how the oil and gas industry is exploiting this out of date aspect of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Read the rest of this entry »


By Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO (Follow Bob on Twitter – @BWendelgass)

Family, friends, coffee (especially this time of year), clean water. That’s my list right now.

What’s yours?

Most of us have been focused on other things the past few days (and rightly so!).

But here’s the thing –  now is a great time to re-focus on protecting clean water, no matter where it is on your list. Will you make your tax-deductible clean water gift today?Checklist_owl

You know that clean water is fundamental. But did you know your financial support has never been more important? It will ensure that we start 2016 off right and that we can make sure that putting drinking water first is on the top of everyone’s list to start the new year.

Whether it’s winning the fighting to protect streams and wetlands, getting toxic chemicals out of everyday products or protecting communities from oil and gas development, your support will make sure that protecting clean water is the number one priority in 2016.

Donate now, while there’s still time. You’ll be glad you did.

  • Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO

Keep Us on Keepin’ On

by Andrea Herrmann, Director of Development

It's clear, sustaining gifts protect clean water all year long.It doesn’t happen overnight.

And it takes a movement.

Winning the fight to protect clean water, safeguarding communities from the threats of oil and gas extraction, and putting drinking water first is an ongoing mission. With each breakthrough we find another threat to our water, our health and our communities.

And that’s where you come in. You can make sure Clean Water has the ongoing funding needed to win by making your sustaining, monthly gift today.

Monthly gifts ensure a steady stream of support for research and policy work, organizing our neighbors one-on-one and inspiring them to take action, and so much more. Plus, a sustaining gift makes things easy for you. Make your monthly (or quarterly) gift now, and you will support Clean Water throughout the year without having to do anything else.

Your sustaining gift will make sure Clean Water can keep on keeping on, protecting clean water throughout 2016 and beyond!

Streams and Wetlands: 3, Polluters: 0

National_CWR_YearEnd_BudgetUpdate_Meme_WinterStreamBy Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – On Twitter: @LTCWA

Thanks to support and action by Clean Water Action members, we once again fended off Congressional attacks on clean water and other important protections. The spending bill Congress approved last week did not include any of the nearly 200 anti-environmental provisions that were on the table.

We are especially happy that yet again, we beat opponents of the common-sense Clean Water Rule. That’s three times in just over a month that polluter allies in Congress tried to block protections for streams, wetlands and drinking water sources. And three times they failed. Read the rest of this entry »

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