our wetlands and streams are at risk.
the president can do something about that.
Today, nearly 20 million acres of wetlands are at risk. Because they lack protection under the Clean Water Act, these vital parts of our water infrastructure are vulnerable to destruction by unaccountable polluters. The President has proposed to fix this problem and protect ALL of our wetlands. We support him and we need you to join us.
In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay. The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010. That deadline will not be met.
January 31, 2013 was the vote that never happened. Clean Water Action and allies won a critical battle in the fight to keep Virginia’s current uranium mining ban in place. This was the date when the State Senate’s environmental committee was scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 1353, a bill to regulate uranium mining at the Coles Hill site in Pittsylvania County. If passed, the bill would have effectively ended the state’s thirty-one year ban on uranium mining, beginning what could have been a long, ferocious fight on the issue.
Instead, bill sponsor Sen. John C. Watkins withdrew his bill, presumably knowing from his count of likely votes that the measure was doomed to fail.
Building on Past Victories to Protect Maryland’s Water
Virginia has been protected from uranium mining for the past 30 years. However, the Virginia Senate is considering overturning the ban on dangerous uranium mining. We need to tell them the health of our water and our communities is at stake. We need to tell them to keep the moratorium on mining in place!
Please take one minute RIGHT NOW to call your state Senator and urge them to protect Virginia's 30-year ban on uranium mining by opposing Senate Bill 1353. Find your state Senator's contact information here and call him or her right away. Find out who your Senator is, or how to contact them, here. You can also send a message by clicking here.
Clean Water Action has endorsed Tim Kaine of Virginia for the United States Senate. It is the second Clean Water Action endorsement for Kaine. The first was in 2005 when he was the clear environmental choice for Governor. As Governor, Tim Kaine did not disappoint. His four years in office were a time of progress for the protection and restoration of Virginia’s water.
Clean Water Action has been knocking on doors throughout Northern Virginia. Since June, the goal has been to recruit new members and renew longtime supporters, and then to make sure Clean Water Action members are registered to vote.
All members are urged to turn out and vote for a slate of high priority candidates this November 6. Each is in races with very high environmental stakes for Virginia and for the nation. These include President Barack Obama, Tim Kaine for the U.S. Senate, and Gerry Connolly for the U.S. House (District 11). Clean Water Action’s endorsements followed a rigorous process involving tough looks at the candidates’ records and positions, responses to questionnaires, and in some cases interviews.
are you a clean water voter?