Protecting & Conserving California's Water

Shasta Dam in California

Investing for California’s Future - Groundwater, Not Dams

Read why groundwater storage makes more sense for California than new dams.

 

Collaborating For Success: Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Groudwater Management Act Implementation

Collaborating for Success: Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Implementation

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Executive Summary: In August 2014, the California Legislature passed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), marking a fundamental shift in the management of water resources in California.

Sacramento, California capitol building

California Currents | Summer 2020

In this issue read more about our campaigns to tackle toxic forever chemicals, protect communities from oil and gas pollution, rethink disposable prodcuts in schools, and more.

TCP in California's Drinking Water

Because pesticides are meant to kill living organisms, they are by their nature, toxic. However one chemical — 1,2,3-TCP, or Trichloropropane — was particularly toxic to humans and persistent in the environment.

From We All Live Downstream

Community Water Tour in the San Joaquin Valley - Mr. Benitez next to his groundwater well
March 21, 2022

In 2012, the state of California passed the Human Right to Water to ensure that every California resident has safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes. Making this policy a reality has been a priority for Clean Water Action ever since. We work in many ways to make this work; today we want to talk about the connection of groundwater to the Human Right to Water and our victory in convincing the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to uphold that right when it comes to groundwater.

Marguerite Young - Clean Water Action board member
April 22, 2020

Earth Day has always had a special meaning for me – a birthday for Earth and a call to action to do what we can to protect it. In 1970, I organized the very first Earth Day event at my school in Oakland. Eschewing the bus, I enlisted a crew of friends in a bike caravan to ride 10 miles to school. Alarmed by the oil spills along the coast, and the poisoning of wildlife and humans from DDT, my classmates and I led a day long teach-in. This was the spark that ignited what has become a lifelong career as an activist.

Dripping spiggot
March 27, 2020

With all that’s happening right now, it can be difficult to pay attention to  anything other than the news of the day. I’m focused on groundwater; how we use it – and use too much; how we protect it from pollution – or don’t; and how we can ensure that it’s available when we need it. And even on a day when we’re not focused on a pandemic, groundwater can be easy to forgot about -- it's our invisible resource.