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Where Will You Be on September 21st?

Climate change is impacting us. And it’s not good. Pollution from power plants and other sources is affecting our food…our air…our water. It’s super-sizing things like hurricanes and droughts. If we don’t take action, it’s only going to get worse. So, don’t you think it’s time we did something about it?

On September 21st, you’ll have your chance to demand action.

Clean Water for Delaware's Future

In March, Gov. Markell announced an ambitious “Clean Water for Delaware’s Future” plan to accelerate water cleanup for Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams, “within a generation.” The plan touts the many public health and economic and job creation benefits associated with clean water and aims to solve problems with toxic pollution, aging infrastructure, pollution from farming, and the need to protect and conserve forests and wetlands. Delaware’s industries must be “upgraded” to reduce their pollution impacts on water, the Governor says.

DC Water Proposes Innovative Pollution Solution

A new proposed “green infrastructure” initiative could save energy and beautify neighborhoods while reducing pollution coming from sewer pipes in the District of Columbia. DC Water, the regional water and sewer authority that provides drinking water to DC residents and manages wastewater for the Washington metropolitan region, hopes to modify a legal settlement aimed at fixing sewage pollution in Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Flows to Virginia

Coal ash on the Dan River - Courtesy of Waterkeeper AllianceIn 2012, when Duke Energy’s Dan River coal-fired power plant in Eden, North Carolina was retired, many local residents may have thought that they were now free of the plant’s worst pollution. Unfortunately, plants of this type can leave a lasting pollution legacy, including coal ash waste which can remain toxic for decades. At the Dan River plant the coal ash was stored in an unlined pond on the edge of the Dan River.

In February 2014, a storm water pipe under the pond broke, draining toxic coal ash into the Dan River. By the time the pipe had been sealed a week later, 27 million gallons of slurry and 80,000 tons of coal ash had been dumped into the river, causing untold economic and environmental damage. The Dan River supplies drinking water to the town of Danville, just across the border in Virginia.

Clean Water Action Endorses Candidates Throughout Michigan

The grassroots organization announces key 2014 endorsements


LANSING, MI – Today, Clean Water Action, Michigan’s largest environmental and conservation organization, formally endorsed candidates across Michigan. Below is a list of the organization’s endorsements.

“The candidates we have endorsed have made protecting our Great Lakes among their top priorities,” said Nic Clark Michigan Clean Water Action Director. “We have great confidence that they will stand with Michiganders and make great strides toward protecting our Great Lakes, environment, and communities.”

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A Clean Water Champ for Senate

Sara Lu and Senator Udall

State Director Sara Lu with Senator Udall

This fall we have a pretty simple choice:  we can re-elect a clean water champion who will stand up for people across Colorado or give deep pocketed polluters one more ally in the US Senate. That’s why Clean Water Action is proud to stand with Senator Mark Udall and endorse him for re-election.

Senator Udall is a long-time leader on environmental priorities. He has led the way on renewable energy as well as protecting our water and our lands. Most notably, Mark Udall:

Salsa for Sustainability

Join Clean Water Fund on Friday, September 12 for a night of food, drinks, raffle, and a silent auction - RSVP here.  

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The night will feature live band Machete Kisumontao, dance performance and lessons by the Latin American Cultural Union, salsa tasting, awards, prizes and more!

DC Bids Polystyrene Foam Good-Bye!

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On July 14th Washington, DC became the first major city on the East Coast to ban polystyrene foam food containers! Clean Water Action has been campaigning around this issue for months and thanks its many supporters who wrote letters in support of the ban to City Council members.  These harmful petroleum-based containers are non-biodegradable and account for up to a fourth of the trash polluting the Anacostia River.  Banning polystyrene is huge victory for the District and is an essential step in cleaning up the city’s rivers, wetlands and streams.  

Program Coordinator, Minneapolis, MN

Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action in Minnesota will be hiring a Program Coordinator to develop and implement the organization's water campaigns in Minnesota. We are seeking an energetic and experienced candidate with a policy and advocacy background. Our current water campaigns cover a broad set of issues including enforcement of existing laws, reducing agricultural pollution, protecting the Great Lakes, stopping invasive species and protecting drinking water sources.

Michigan Currents l Spring/Summer 2014

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Protect Pure Michigan

 Hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and other outdoor activities are part of Michigan’s culture and way of life. Nearly 84% of Michiganders feel that outdoor recreation is important. 194,000 Michigan jobs and more than $1.4 billion in state and local tax revenues come from outdoor recreation. 
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Clean Water Action’s “Protect Pure Michigan” campaign, launched earlier this year, seeks to protect the state’s air, land, water and Great Lakes from climate change impacts and dangerous pollution. The campaign traveled to Traverse City to speak with business owners there who often rely on tourism to keep their doors open and organized a “business after hours” event at Right Brain Brewery. There, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort CEO, Jim MacInnes, spoke about climate change impacts on his business. Read more 

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