In Michigan, water is part of our identity. We are the Great Lakes State, after all. We have a duty to protect our water to make sure we can drive our economy forward and ensure the health of our communities and families.
Unfortunately, President Trump does not take this responsibility seriously. His administration’s policies threaten Michigan’s water and communities in a number of ways.
Denver Water has proposed a bold plan to eliminate one of the largest sources of lead in its distribution system—lead service lines—while protecting public health. As an alternative to treating our drinking water with orthophosphate, a chemical that can pollute our rivers and lakes with the nutrient phosphorus, Denver would instead fully replace an estimated 75,000 lead service lines within 15 years.
As the Texas Hill Country adds population, more and more subdivisions want to send their sewage to treatment plants which discharge the treated effluent directly into creeks and rivers. Discharge of treated effluent into waterways is banned inside the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, where water percolates through cracks and fissures in the limestone creek beds directly into the sensitive Aquifer below. But the practice is still allowed just upstream in the Contributing Zone, even though waterways there flow directly into the Recharge Zone, taking whatever pollutants they contain with them.
David Bernhardt is already the most conflicted Interior Secretary in history, with so many conflicts of interest that he has to carry around a list of his former clients to remember them. On Saturday, August 3rd, Bernhardt’s two-year recusal period from doing business with his former clients will expire — meaning that DOI is officially open for corporate polluter business.
The following statement can be attributed to Sean McBrearty, Michigan Campaign Organizer, Clean Water Action:
Sanger, CA — The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund Coalition released the following statement today from Phoebe Seaton, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability; Jonathan Nelson, Policy Director, Community Water Center; and Jennifer Clary, Water Programs Manager, Clean Water Action after Governor Newsom signed an urgency bill that, along with the budget bill passed on June 13, will deliver $1.4 billion over 11 years to finally realize California’s promise of safe water for all:
Elected and appointed officials need to work toward a health-based limit on PFAS chemicals in products and drinking water, and promote policies that help communities to clean up contamination and hold polluters accountable. Learn more.
Clean Water Action today applauded Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Raul Ruiz for reintroducing the Environmental Justice Act.