A long overdue proposal to protect most streams and wetlands, released by the Obama administration in March 2014, will ensure that the drinking water for nearly one third of all Americans is no longer at risk of pollution. Make sure your voice is heard today! President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency need to know that you want to protect our water!
It’s pretty simple - all water is connected. Even kids understand that. The health of our rivers, lakes, and bays depend on the streams and wetlands that flow into them. The health of our nation’s rivers, lakes, and bays depends on the network of small streams and wetlands that flow into them. Tell EPA and the Army Corps that you support the proposal to #ProtectCleanWater today. (You will be redirected to Clean Water Action)
Long-time friends, Congressional champions, loyal members and volunteers, Board leaders, allies and former staff gathered in Washington, DC last fall as part of a year of celebrations marking the Clean Water Act’s 40th anniversary. We put together an abbreviated list of Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action’s accomplishments for that event, but our best years are by no means behind us.
In fact, 2012 and 2013 have brought many additional important victories for our health and
environment. Our environmental health coalition won new laws in Minnesota to protect infants and children from formaldehyde and BPA. We’ve advanced water conservation in Texas with a new law preventing homeowner associations from banning water efficient landscaping. We’ve helped dozens of cities and towns in California to ban plastic bags and/or foam foodware. Plans for two proposed new coal-burning power plants in Michigan have been scrapped, creating new opportunities for renewable energy and economic growth. And that’s just some of what we’ve accomplished together in the past two years.
Clean Water Action’s analysis of supporting documents for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Proposed Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category confirms that power plant discharges to surface water often include contaminants that experts consider to be “contaminants of concern” when found in drinking water. For example, arsenic, lead, selenium and mercury are all commonly found in power plant discharges to water, and all are contaminants of long-standing concern in drinking water.