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sunrise in winter over lake, photo: flickr.com/128502164@N07 CC
February 22, 2018

Scott Pruitt is playing games with streams, wetlands, and drinking water while he works on proposing a new rule that will shrink the number of streams and wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act. He practically dared us to sue EPA.

February 22, 2018

Worcester, MA is a gritty little outpost in Central Massachusetts, with the quaint feel of bygone glory days.

high & low tide marker. photo: JL-Pfeifer / shutterstock.com
February 21, 2018

Governor Dannel Malloy created the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (also known as the GC3) on Earth Day, 2015. Recently, the council met to review a year’s worth of modeling and recommended a midterm target for Connecticut’s agreed-upon reduction of greenhouse gases.

February 18, 2018

On Valentine's Day, many of us celebrate the people and places we hold most dear. This year, Mass Power Forward, a statewide coalition of nearly 200 organizations including Clean Water Action, took to the statehouse in Boston to fight for clean energy and push back against fracked gas pipelines. 

Why, you might ask? It's simple: We love clean energy. We love healthy communities. We love our neighbors, our family members and our friends. And we'll never stop fighting to protect what we love.

February 16, 2018

On Wednesday, February 21, the Baltimore City Council's Land Use and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition: Baltimore's best chance for preventing a deadly crude oil train explosion.  Rally with us at noon in front of City Hall!  And to learn more, read our comments on the bill below.

 

February 16, 2018

This week, a bill to ban styrofoam food packages was approved by Baltimore City's Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.  Thanks to incredible organizing by the student-led group Baltimore Beyond Plastic, who brought hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students to rally and testify in support of the bill, it received unanimous committee support.  Below are the comments we submitted on behalf of this bill.  Kudos to the kids who made it possible!

 

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February 14, 2018

Trump’s proposed budget would be a disaster for our nation’s water. This isn't surprising - the Trump administration has worked to undermine common sense protections for our water and health since inauguration day. But this budget is particularly shortsighted and just plain mean. 

A stream in Howard County during a rain storm.
February 14, 2018

The Maryland Forest Conservation Act was designed to protect Maryland's forests; it implemented replanting requirements and minimum forested thresholds, and required more county oversight to protect our forests from over-development. While the law slowed forest clearance in some places, the law is falling short of protecting priority forests, especially where development pressure is intense and there are large, contiguous forests.

It is time to update the Forest Conservation Act!

Water from a facuet: Photo credit:  nikkytok / Shutterstock
February 14, 2018

The Trump administration’s “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America” is the farthest thing from putting drinking water first. Case in point – rolling back one of the fundamental parts of the Clean Water Act that drove the statutory vision of “zero discharge” of pollutants into our nation’s waters.

Love Letters to the Fossil Fuel Industry
February 13, 2018

As an expert in love, I wrote last year on Valentine’s Day about the torrid love affair between President Trump, GOP congressional leaders, and the fossil fuel industry.