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Clean Water Action has filed a legal petition, challenging the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's (the Regional Board) failure to enforce water quality laws. The filing cites evidence that the Regional Board is allowing oil and gas companies to pollute groundwater currently being used for drinking and irrigation. The petition, filed by Earthjustice on Clean Water's behalf, demands that the State Water Resources Control Board (the State Board) intervene and immediately close two facilities, Fee 34 and Race Track Hill, that Regional Board staff determined are polluting groundwater East of Bakersfield. Despite the staff's findings and recommendations of immediate action, the Regional Board is allowing the facilities to continue polluting until 2018.
Clean Water Action is excited to be partnering with local world and roots music group, Darkness Into Light, to throw a party in celebration of 25 years of on-the-ground water work in California. Members, friends and allies alike will gather for an evening of great music and food to reflect on our progress, share ideas, and connect with other local clean water leaders.
Recently, more and more information has gone public that has exposed the oil and gas industry as a major threat to California's water supply. From illegal injection of oil and gas waste into drinking water, to dumping of toxic wastewater into unlined pits, to irrigation of crops with potentially contaminated oil byproducts, there has been no shortage of cause for alarm.
Manufacturing products with less toxic materials and promoting the development of "green chemistry" can not only protect our communities, workers, and ecosystems, but can actually save businesses money, increase efficiency, reduce liability, and give them a competitive advantage as other parts of the world regulate the use of toxic materials.
As California enters its third consecutive dry year, water conservation is a popular topic - television, newspapers, billboards, and radio messages are telling us to conserve water because of the drought.
Clean Water Action agrees that we should practice additional conservation during times of drought. But California's is a dry climate that is expected to become dryer still as the impacts of climate change intensify. This drought gives us an opportunity to rethink our attitudes about and our overall use of water.
The exploding use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer in post World War II agriculture generated an agricultural boom in California and throughout the US. Today seven of the top ten agricultural counties in the US are located in California and in 2010, California agriculture generated $37.5 billion in sales.