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Protecting Our Communities from Dangerous Oil Trains

An oil train near the Schuylkill TrailDid you know that every day, trains carrying 160,000 barrels of crude oil travel through Philadelphia for refining in South Philadelphia? This oil is especially unstable and flammable. Derailments of this same type of cargo have happened throughout North America, impacting lives, property, and the environment. In fact, you may remember the oil train derailment that occurred earlier this year in Philadelphia when a crude oil train derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Bridge. Philadelphia was spared from this harrowing ordeal after authorities righted the car after many days in the dangerous position.  Will Philadelphia be so lucky the next time?

Sign the petition to the Philadelphia City Council now!

Clean Water Currents | Winter 2014

clean water currents
winter 2014 edition

820,000 + Americans for Clean Water!

From Colorado to Minnesota to Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action members across the country have been standing up for clean water. Since March, Clean Water Action organizers have mobilized more than 135,000 comments from members and others who support the Obama Administration’s long-overdue proposal to fix the Clean Water Act, restoring protections for small streams, wetlands and drinking water. “People care about their water and want to see it protected,” says Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass. “They understand that if you want to protect our major rivers, lakes and bays, you have to protect the small streams that feed into them.”

More than a dozen municipalities worked with Clean Water Action to pass resolutions supporting strong Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands. Leaders from Philadelphia, Austin, Baltimore, Hartford and Pittsburgh representing tens of millions of people understand that a strong Clean Water Act means better protection for local water resources and for their residents’ drinking water. One in three Americans relies on drinking water sources fed by headwater or seasonal streams — the subject of this Clean Water Rule. Read more

Forty Years of the Safe Drinking Water Act

The Safe Drinking Water Act, first passed by Congress in 1974, has resulted in remarkable public health protection.  Clean Water is unique in its focus on drinking water issues and Safe Drinking Water Act implementation.
Toast to Tap  Event in DC
This year, we marked this important milestone with new analysis, new materials, participation in events, Congressional testimony  and more.

We worked with the Source Water Collaborative on a Call to Action: A Recommitment to Assessing and Protecting Sources of Drinking Water

Support Clean Water Today!

We need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for all Americans.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff, reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

Help us keep the momentum going with a special gift to Clean Water.

Remarks by Lynn Thorp for SDWA 40th Anniversary Forum

Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action
Remarks for SDWA 40th Anniversary Forum
Washington DC
December 9, 2014

Good afternoon.  My name is Lynn Thorp and I am the National Campaigns Director for Clean Water Action.  We are a national organization working at the federal level and in 15 states on a wide range of issues including drinking water and implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. It is an honor to mark the Act’s 40th anniversary and share ideas with all of you. In celebration of the Act’s successes and with hope for its future, I want to issue a challenge to us today to put some “teeth” in the first step of the Safe Drinking Water Act’s multi-barrier approach – Source Water Protection.

Support A Restriction on Cosmetic Pesticides in Montgomery County

Last year, the Takoma Park, City Council passed the Safe Grow Act of 2013, which restricts the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides on both private and public property throughout the city. This landmark legislation stops involuntary poisoning and non-target contamination from pesticide drift that occurs as these toxic chemicals move off of the treated property, onto those of neighbors, public spaces, schools and more. The Montgomery County Council has proposed legislation to restrict cosmetic lawn pesticides, County Bill 52-14

Take action today by sending a letter to your councilmember.

Letter to the Senate: Don't Prohibit Ex-Im Bank from Restricting Financing for Overseas Coal Projects

Friends of the Earth ● Sierra Club ● Greenpeace USA ● Center for Biological Diversity
Environmental Defense Fund ● Union of Concerned Scientists ● Green For All
Environment America ● Pacific Environment ● Clean Water Action ●  Earthjustice ● Center for International Environmental Law ● Natural Resources Defense Council ● Physicians for Social Responsibility ● Rainforest Action Network

December 4, 2014 (Download the PDF)

Barbara Mikulski
Chairwoman
Senate Appropriations Committee
U.S. Congress

Chairwoman Mikulski:

No Anti-Environment Riders on FY15 Appropriations Bills - 12/2/14

American Bird Conservancy * American Rivers * Audubon * Clean Water Action * Defenders of Wildlife * Earthjustice * Environmental Defense Fund * Friends of the Earth * League of Conservation Voters * Natural Resources Defense Council  * Ocean Conservancy * Sierra Club * Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance * The Wilderness Society

December 2, 2014

Dear Senator,

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water in New Jersey Today!

Clean Water Long Branch

We need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for New Jersey and throughout the country.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff, reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

Comments on Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 & 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review

November 17, 2014
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Water Docket
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20460

Download this letter

Re: Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170: Comments on Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and 2012 and 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report

The undersigned organizations present these comments on three aspects of the Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines (ELGs) Program Plans:

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