Archive for the 'Protecting America’s Waters' Category

The Last Oktoberfest?

The Clean Water Act turns 42 on Saturday. 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 Andy Galli, Maryland Program Coordinator. Follow our Maryland office  on Twitter (@CleanWater_MD)

Fall is the season for beer. Lagers, pale ales, wheat, pumpkin spice and other flavored brews flow from taps at festivals and in beer gardens across Maryland.

Just a few weeks ago the Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival featured over 120 regional and national craft beers. Last week, Westminster hosted its 9th Annual Microbrew Festival, and in a few weeks the 6th Annual Baltimore Beer Week will feature Das Best Oktoberfest. Craft beers and micro-brews are no longer common to the home-garage distillery. Today there are more craft and micro breweries than ever in history. In 2013 there were 2,822 breweries in the U.S., a 15 percent increase over the year before. Maryland ranks 25th in the nation, with 34 craft breweries, and is growing at the national average. The success of a business like brewing depends on high quality clean water. Read the rest of this entry »

Thousands Support Clean Water in the Nutmeg State

By Susan Eastwood, Program Coordinator – follow Susan on Twitter (@sceastwood)

Ct WOTUS Event - everyoneOn Monday, Clean Water Action presented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region One Administrator Curt Spalding with thousands of comments from concerned Connecticut residents who care about clean water and want to protect it! I had the pleasure of introducing several distinguished public officials who came out to speak on the importance of clean water and EPA’s recent efforts to better protect our nation’s streams and wetlands. Attendees included Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman John Larson, State Representative Mary Mushinsky, New England Regional EPA head Curt Spalding and DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, and representatives from Clean Water Action, Rivers Alliance, Citizen’s Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club, Connecticut River Watershed Association, CT Coalition for Environmental Justice, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and other groups.
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Great Drinking Water Day!

Joe, Tinsley, and Wendy the Waterdrop

Joe, Tinsley, and Wendy the Waterdrop

By Lynn Thorp, Campaign Director – follow Lynn on Twitter (@LTCWA)

Clean Water Action was honored to be a partner in planning today’s Toast2Tap event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  We had a beautiful day, great music provided by Levi Stephens and the Working Class and wonderful vendors.

Perhaps best of all, local water utilities, organizations and EPA staff joined to celebrate this landmark law together. Read the rest of this entry »

Together We Can Do Anything

By Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director – Follow our Boston office on Twitter (@CleanH2OMA)

Elizabeth and Her Sign

Elizabeth and Her Sign

The People’s Climate March was an incredibly powerful experience.  The Clean Water Action Boston team joined a bus organized by Alternatives for Community and Environment, the leading environmental justice organization in Boston, which organized dozens of youth leaders and others to travel together to the march.

The march was equal parts protest/call to action and celebration.  Of course it was a protest against the lack of commitment from our political leaders to doing the hard work and taking the firm stances that are needed to end climate change.  And of course it was a call to action to United States and world leaders to do that work and take those stances this week in the UN Climate Summit.

But equally importantly, it was a celebration of the coming together of more than 400,000 people from across the country, a celebration of the creativity, energy and hard work of those individuals, and a celebration of unity.  As we keep our noses to the grindstone, day in and day out, fighting the battles in our corners of the country, it can be too easy to forget that we are part of a huge movement of passionate people.  At the People’s Climate March, that was impossible to forget. Read the rest of this entry »

An Amazing Day and Thanks to All

By Amy Goldsmith, New Jersey Director

Amy Goldsmith

Amy Goldsmith

Thanks to all who went to the People’s Climate March.

It was a day full of awesome energy. There was wonderful drumming by the Montclair canvass staff plus our very own Campaign Director David Pringle and Long Branch Canvass Director Ben Davies. We raised our voices and beat our drums with more than 400,000 people in New York and thousands upon thousands from around the world.

Like Bob said, it was a mind-blowing experience.

But the March was not an end. We have work to do.

So let’s keep the people power going as we fight for what is right…clean water, clean air, safe energy and healthy neighborhoods. Let’s recruit others to join us so we can do even more. We want to win. We need to win. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mind Blowing Start of Something Big

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

Just part of Clean Team Water at the #PeoplesClimate March

Just part of Clean Team Water at the #PeoplesClimate March

24 hours later and I still can’t get over it.


400,000 people came to New York.

400,000 came to demand we take climate pollution seriously. To demand that we say no to subsidies for big oil and yes to clean energy. To demand justice. 400,000 came to demand action. Now you can act too – by supporting the President’s  clean power plan to clean up the biggest source of climate pollution in this country.

I was so proud to march with dozens of Clean Water staff and members. The March was historic. It was game-changing.  But now it’s on all of us. We have to keep the momentum going. We have to hold our elected leaders accountable to us. So, let’s start by demanding the strongest possible clean power plan to fight pollution from coal plants.

This is exciting. This is the start of something. Take action to fight climate pollution now. Read the rest of this entry »

Supercharged Streets in New York

By Melissa Everett, Connecticut Clean Energy Program Manager

The streets of New York were supercharged yesterday at the People’s Climate March, not only by the sheer numbers but with the inventiveness of the communication that came up from the throng of well over 300,000. Posters, shirts, large puppets, and larger pop-up sunbursts – all the handmade expressions that citizens without advertising budgets can muster when they are highly motivated. And this was a highly motivated group indeed. Popular around me was the call-and-response chant:

Tell me what democracy looks like.

This is what democracy looks like.

Sponsored by over 1200 organizations including Clean Water Action, the march was timed to set the stage for the UN working meetings beginning Tuesday, which formulate the agenda for the Paris meetings a few months ahead. Participants were organized in waves to represent all the constituencies whose voices must be heard, from indigenous communities and vulnerable populations to solution-generators like the clean energy and clean water economic sectors. Bringing those voices together to call for decisive international agreements and national policy shifts — that is democracy at its best. Read the rest of this entry »

YOU Can Be a Superhero for Clean Water!

By Jennifer Peters, National Water Campaigns Coordinator – follow Jennifer on Twitter (@EarthAvenger)

Are You a Clean Water Superhero?

Are You a Clean Water Superhero?

Why do kids (and many grown-ups) love superheroes so much? Because superheroes remind us that when faced with danger or challenging obstacles, ordinary people can rise to do extraordinary things.  Spiderman was a nerdy orphan living in Queens before he was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him his superhuman strength and agility. As a child Batman witnessed the brutal murder of his parents and vowed to fight criminals when he grew up.

Here at Clean Water Action, our staff of superheroes have been fighting for clean water for over four decades.  Nearly 42 years after Congress enacted the Clean Water Act, our nation’s first line of defense against water pollution, we are facing an epic battle against polluters and their buddies in Congress who want to roll back decades of progress cleaning up our nations’ rivers, lakes, streams and bays.  Just last week, Congress voted to kill an important proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which would better protect our water, dead in its tracks.

How are we fighting back? We don’t have the millions of dollars the polluters and special interests do, but we DO have the power of people just like you. Every night our organizers knock on thousands of doors across the country and invite people to speak up for clean water.  So far we’ve collected nearly 40,000 handwritten letters from people who get that we need to do more to protect our water now and for future generations.  And their kids get it too – like the little girl who drew this picture of Wonder Woman and Batman fighting for clean water. Read the rest of this entry »

Americans Speak on Clean Water (Part 2)

By Phil Dimotsis, Organizer. Follow Phil on Twitter (@PhiluptuousD)

Yesterday I shared with you just a few of the passionate words that people from across the nation had to say about the fight to protect clean water. There were too many, and too many good letters, not to share more. Read the rest of this entry »

Congress’ Dirty Water Caucus: How do we combat stupid?

by Jonathan A. Scott, on Twitter @jscottnh

Following Tuesday’s US House vote to pass the ROPA Dirty Water bill (HR 5078, approved 262-152) we published this infographic on Clean Water Action’s Twitter and Facebook accounts:

ROPA graph postWe also published a link to information on how individual House Members voted (

One concerned/angry Clean Water Action supporter on Facebook commented, “How do we combat stupid.” Read the rest of this entry »

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