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Earth Week = Action to #ProtectCleanWater

By Michael Kelly, Communications Director – Follow Michael on Twitter: @MichaelEdKelly

Earth Week kicks off today and what better way to celebrate than standing up for Clean Water?

President Obama’s proposal to fix the Clean Water Act, which was broken by the Bush Administration, is open for public comment. And we need a lot of public comments – because polluters are doing everything they can to stop the proposal.

Click here to join thousands of Americans and tell President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that you want to #ProtectCleanWater. Learn more here. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting the Yuk Into the Clean Water Act Policy Debate

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director – Follow Lynn on Twitter – @LTCWA

I’m pretty sure that anyone who read today’s news about three teenagers urinating into a finished water reservoir in Portland OR thought “…. Yuk, I don’t want that in my drinking water!” We need a similar but overwhelming public reaction of disgust and outrage about polluters’ effort to block one of the most important pieces of clean water policy in decades.

According to news reports, cameras caught three teenagers urinating into a reservoir used to store drinking water which has already passed through the treatment plant. The Portland Water Bureau was forced to flush millions of gallons of water out of the system to avoid any unintended contamination issues. Uncovered finished water reservoirs are the subject of interesting drinking water policy discussions, but that’s not the subject of this post. Read the rest of this entry »

Cool Shades, Clean Water

by Jonathan A. Scott (@jscottnh on Twitter)

Put Drinking Water First“What do hip-hop sunglasses have to do with Clean Water?” you might ask.


This is not an academic question. Todd WWhen Todd Wilkerson, founder and CEO of trendy eyewear company Shuttershades first approached Clean Water Action about supporting our organization we had to think about it (for a second, but not any longer than that).

Here are some of the obvious answers:

Everybody cares about clean water. We all have a stake in keeping our water clean. Right now is Earth Month. As far as we’re concerned, it’s all about the water. Read the rest of this entry »

Failing to Protect Drinking Water in California

By Andria Ventura, California Program Manager

On April 15, California’s Department of Public Health announced an enforceable drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (also called chromium-6, the contaminant made famous in the 2000 movie Erin Brockovich, of 10 parts per billion (ppb).  This is a disappointing end to the 10 year wait for a limit that was supposed to be established by legislative mandate in 2004 While California is now the only place in the US to regulate hexavalent chromium in drinking water, this standard is 500 times higher than the public health goal of .02 ppb, which is the level at which no significant negative health impacts would be expected. Since most known hexavalent chromium contaminated drinking water sources are between the public health goal and 10 ppb, this standard also ensures that only 15% of them will be treated. Read the rest of this entry »

On Tax Day – Let’s End the Subsidies

By Nic Clark, Michigan Director Follow Nic on Twitter – @ClarkNic

Remember the Enbridge oil spill in the summer of 2010? We’re quickly approaching the four-year anniversary of that environmental disaster and the Kalamazoo River is still dealing with the consequences of Enbridge’s screw up.

For far too long in this state and country, we have relied on fossil fuels to power our communities and economy. I am a firm believer in the idea that we need to move away from these dangerous and outdated forms of energy towards a renewable energy future. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Clean Water in Vermont: a flatlander’s view

Put Drinking Water First  by Jonathan A. Scott, Managing Editor, Clean Water Action News (@jscottnh on Twitter)

First, I admit for the record that I do not live in Vermont. However, I can see Vermont from my house. It’s over there, right on the other side of the beautiful Connecticut River.

Also for the record, as a New Hampshire resident only since 1989, my views may carry less weight than a native-born New Englander. If you live here, you know that is because only 2nd or 3rd generation Granite Staters are considered true natives. The rest of us “flatlanders” might be living here now, but we are lumped together with all those other folks who live or used to live in Massachusetts, New York or other places to the south. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Clean Water: This is personal!

Put Drinking Water First by Jonathan A. Scott, Managing Editor for Clean Water Action News (on twitter @jscottnh)


The Obama Administration is proposing to fix huge gaps in Clean Water Act protections by clarifying what streams, wetlands and drinking water sources are protected under the law. Clean Water Action is mobilizing its members and the public to weigh in on the record in support of clean water.

The Administration’s intent is not to create new protections, but rather to restore longstanding protections that had been in effect from the time of the law’s passage during the Nixon Administration until about 12 years ago.

That’s when Bush Administration actions and polluter-friendly court decisions weakened the law by stripping away critical protections and creating confusion that made enforcing the law difficult. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting Drinking Water First – A Real Win

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

Waiting for Protection for More than 10 years

Waiting for Protection for More than 10 years

Putting Drinking Water First means making decisions about all of our activities with an eye toward their impact on our drinking water sources.

Why should we do that?  First, recent events like the Freedom Industries chemical spill in West Virginia and the Duke Energy coal ash spill in North Caroline illustrate the health concerns and disruptions which result from contamination of drinking water sources.  Public health and local economies depends on tap water.  Second, a “Putting Drinking Water First” approach will often lead to the most prudent common-sense choices about our activities and their resulting health and environmental impacts.  Read the rest of this entry »

Air Pollution from Coke Plant in Pittsburgh Cannot Continue

Courtesy of Joel Polacci

Courtesy of Joel Polacci

By Julie St. John, Pittsburgh Organizer

For years, Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh has been working to clean up air pollution coming from the Shenango coke works on Neville Island. The facility is located on a heavily industrialized piece of land less than one mile from densely populated residential communities and only five miles from downtown Pittsburgh. When new owners, DTE Energy, bought the company in 2008, residents were hopeful they would finally see improvements to the air they breathe. Now, it’s clear that DTE Energy has no more interest in being a good neighbor than the previous owners did. Read the rest of this entry »

Clean Water? We’re in it for the Long Haul

Put Drinking Water First

by Jonathan A. Scott, editor, Clean Water Currents (on Twitter @jscottnh)

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Watch EPA Administrator McCarthy’s March 25 call to #ProtectCleanWater

Since 2002, Clean Water Action has doggedly fought an uphill battle to restore Clean Water Act protections for some of America’s most important water resources. On March 25, 2014, the Obama Administration announced it was finally taking action to fix the problem.

When was the last time you thought about your water? We’ve made so much progress since the early 1970s when Clean Water Action first got started, it’s easy to see how almost anyone in the U.S. might make the mistake of taking clean water for granted.

Don’t do it! “An awakened local citizenry will always be needed to support the tough stands officials will have to take to get the water clean.” Clean Water Action’s founder, David Zwick, wrote these words back in 1972, but they’re just as true today. Read the rest of this entry »

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