California has a problem. The state’s program for cleaning up polluted bodies of water is broken. It’s time to do something about it. Clean Water Action and our allies have worked for years to reform the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) program. Our report, Cleaning Up California’s Polluted Waterways: An Action Plan to Improve the TMDL Process, provides a road map.
California has over 1,883 federal and state water quality violations affecting local streams and lakes, reservoirs, and major water bodies. These include violations caused by mercury and dioxin in San Francisco Bay, pesticides and organochlorine throughout the Central Valley, mercury in the tributaries flowing from historic mining districts and in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, ammonia and copper in the Santa Ana region, and a statewide trash problem.
SB 1132, introduced by Senators Holly Mitchell and Mark Leno, would put a moratorium on fracking, acidizing and other oil and gas well stimulation techniques in California. The bill would ensure that no fracking occurs while the state takes a hard look at the numerous risks that fracking poses to our water, air, health, climate and economy. It’s time to protect our communities and our water.
Along with thousands of concerned Californians, we are fighting to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other risky well stimulation processes like acidizing. You can join your neighbors, friends, and family to make sure we understand the risks of fracking, protect our communities, health, and water, and ensure that we don't undermine our climate and clean energy goals.
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Clean Water Action is working to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Across the country, communities are suffering from health impacts related to fracking including: contaminated drinking water and polluted air, degradation of local waterways, and decreased property values. In most states, fracking operations are designed to extract natural gas reserves. In California, it’s all about oil.
Manufacturing products with less toxic materials and promoting the development of "green chemistry" can not only protect our communities, workers, and ecosystems, but can actually save businesses money, increase efficiency, reduce liability, and give them a competitive advantage as other parts of the world regulate the use of toxic materials.
As California enters its third consecutive dry year, water conservation is a popular topic - television, newspapers, billboards, and radio messages are telling us to conserve water because of the drought.
Clean Water Action agrees that we should practice additional conservation during times of drought. But California's is a dry climate that is expected to become dryer still as the impacts of climate change intensify. This drought gives us an opportunity to rethink our attitudes about and our overall use of water.