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Opposition to Clean Water Act Loophole

June 17, 2019

On June 7th, Clean Water Action’s National Field Canvass delivered 390 postcards and over 800 letters to the Environmental Protection Agency from Clean Water Action members across the country in opposition to the Administration’s proposed loophole to the Clean Water Act.

Reject the Dirty Water Rule

Trump’s polluter handout threatens your right to clean water – comment by April 15th!

April 12, 2019

On April 10th, Trump issued an Executive Order that limits states’ ability to protect their own water resources from harmful pipelines and other dirty energy projects.

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Great Lakes Restoration and Protection Cut in Trump's Budget

March 15, 2018

The Great Lakes are national treasures.

Not just for the millions of tourists that visit the scenic shores each year, but for the diverse ecosystem that lives beneath the surface and yes, the millions of people, like you that depend on the Great Lakes for fresh water.

The Great Lakes contain 20% of the Earth's fresh surface water which makes them vital to the people, communities, wildlife, and economy of the eight-state Great Lakes region.

Sewage discharged into the Cuyahoga River in 1970 / photo: EPA Documerica

Guest Blog: Scott Pruitt is turning the country back to the 60’s, 50’s and 40’s.

December 4, 2017

My first job out of college in 1965 was with the Division of Water Supply and Pollution Control, Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. I remember the early days when "the solution to pollution was dilution."

Back to 1985?

Scott Pruitt says he cares about clean water. The budget he’s pushing says otherwise.

June 16, 2017

EPA is already underfunded, suffering from years of budget cuts despite its crucial role in protecting all of us. Further reducing EPA’s budget would severely limit its ability to protect our water, air and climate. The proposal calls for slashing grants to states to carry out their environmental and health protection programs.

Water doesn't protect itself. Image: shutterstock

Dear EPA: We need to strengthen water protections, not erase them.

May 2, 2017

Yesterday, EPA’s Office of Water held a listening session on what Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump call, “the regulatory burden.” We call it public protections for our air, water, and health. I had the opportunity to testify. My comments are below. If you want to weigh in, you can take action here, and be sure to personalize the message you send.

Water from a facuet: Photo credit:  nikkytok / Shutterstock

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.

Green infrastructure projects like this rain garden in East Baltimore hold rainwater in place until it can soak into the ground and reduce the total volume of water entering the storm drain system. Photo by Jennifer Kunze.

Reducing Stormwater Runoff in the Chesapeake Bay

August 8, 2016

Stormwater runoff is one of the leading contributors to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. After big storms, the water carries whatever is on the ground and in the streets into our waterways. Impervious surfaces, such as the roads and pavement that cover densely populated areas, don’t allow rain to seep into the ground, causing more polluted stormwater to enter the Bay.

Large group of people as seen from above. Credit: Stockernumber2 / iStock

Making a Career in Environmental Protection: from Canvassing to Chief of Staff

June 21, 2016

Lisa Plevin, Chief of Staff for EPA Region 2, is one of us – a former door to door canvasser and community organizer of Clean Water Action. Lisa is essentially a Jersey Girl, having moved to New Jersey at age six, graduated from Stockton College in 1981 and immediately started her environmental career.