Lynn Thorp - National Campaigns Director

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This won't stop unless we stop it

May 31, 2017

It's been a busy four months.

Lead Service Line

Getting the Lead Out: State Disclosure Policies

March 14, 2017

There’s no magic solution to the challenges of lead service line replacement, but there are local, state and federal policies that could support communities and water systems in this effort.

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Big Oil's Inside Man

January 11, 2017
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Anger, Hope, and a Plan

December 6, 2016

What does it take to motivate people to get involved and fight for something that they believe in? Our recipe for change has three essential ingredients: anger, hope, and a plan.

Anger – righteous anger at injustice – is what shakes us out of complacency and apathy. Hope – a belief that things can be better – is what drives us to action. And a plan – a workable strategy and series of concrete steps – is the blueprint we need to prove to ourselves change is possible. Take away any of those ingredients and our recipe falls apart.

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Making Drinking Water an Action Item

December 1, 2016

Making sure that the Drinking Water Action Plan initiatives don't languish in a filing cabinet will be a critical job for EPA in the coming years.

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A Candidate for President, Standing for Water

October 3, 2016

The Clean Water Act. The Safe Drinking Water Act. Complicated important laws with lofty goals.

We think a lot about these two laws. Together, they represent a vision that we should act like  water matters. That we ought to end pollution into our nation’s water bodies. That what comes out of the tap should be safe to drink.

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Protecting drinking water at the source, and at the tap

September 22, 2016

It’s a great day when drinking water is front and center and when we’re focusing on controlling upstream threats, increasing investment and addressing those suffering from extreme drinking water crisis like what has happened in Flint, Michigan. We should be putting drinking water first every day.

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Today in Lead and Drinking Water

June 7, 2016

In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan the subject of lead in drinking water has received sustained attention, as has the federal regulation and the federal role in reducing lead at the tap.

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How Serious Are We About Protecting Water?

May 27, 2016

As public attention is focused on drinking water in light of the crisis in Flint, Michigan you would think that clarifying that we want to protect all of our water resources would be a no brainer. But the Clean Water Rule remains tangled up in litigation brought by powerful special interests and some states, including Michigan. 

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Activity on Lead in Water and Drinking Water Investment and Innovation

March 2, 2016

Increased oversight of state programs is essential in light of public concern in the wake of events in Flint, Michigan.