District of Columbia

Toxic-Free Anacostia River

The Anacostia River covers parts of Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland, but over a quarter of the river lies in that nation’s capitol. While flowing through the heart of DC, the Anacostia is overburdened and choked with toxins from dumping and pollution.

The Anacostia River is one of the three most polluted Chesapeake Bay tributaries. According to United for a Healthy Anacostia River, several production facilities, both private and governmental, were located along the banks of the Anacostia River and their pollution leads to adverse health effects to both humans and wildlife.

Chesapeake Bay Region Interns (MD, DC, VA)

Interns gain hands-on experience in the areas of environmental education, policy, community organizing and advocacy. In addition, there will be the opportunity to attend events and participate directly in activities with communities, organizations and agencies, which focus on environmental projects, issues and policy decisions.  The educational component consists of lectures, field trips, and workshops.

Most interns work minimum 15-20 hours per week for the semester; however, each internship experience is tailored to the candidate to ensure the maximal benefit. There is an option for a paid internship at $10/hr if they work in tandem with the programs department and field canvass. Interns will have mid-semester evaluation.

Chesapeake Currents - Fall 2014

Chesapeake Currents

Fall 2014 Edition 

Baltimore Officials Lead on Water

On September 9, while the U.S. House was voting 262-152 to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from fixing the Clean Water Act so small streams and wetlands are once again protected, Baltimore took a strong stand for clean water. Baltimore City Council members voted unanimously for a resolution supporting EPA’s clean water rule.

The Council’s decisive action shows that these local officials, at least, understand that small streams and wetlands are “vital to the health of Baltimore’s drinking water,” says Clean Water Action’s Andy Galli. Once EPA’s proposal is finalized, 835 miles of streams and other surface waters flowing into the Baltimore area will benefit, along with “100 percent of Baltimore residents, who get at least some of their drinking water from sources affected by these streams,” Galli says. Read more 

“Toast to Tap” Event to Celebrate Value of Safe Drinking Water for Our Health and Local Economy

Washington area celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

October 2, 2014— Regional water utilities, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, national water organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency organized a “Toast to Tap” celebration on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Congress passed the Act in 1974 and authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate drinking water supplies by setting water quality and delivery standards. Hosted in the Park at CityCenter in Northwest DC, the event brought together members of the water community and local businesses to highlight the value of safe water to the metro region. 

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10/02/2014 - 05:58

Chesapeake Currents - Spring-Summer 2014

chesapeake currents
Spring/Summer 2014

Council's Science-Based Vote a Water Protection Landmark

Montgomery County’s Ten Mile Creek has been called the “last best creek.” It feeds the Little Seneca Reservoir which supplies emergency drinking water for more than 4.3 million DC area residents. The creek is at the center of a pristine and sensitive natural resource area in the northern part of the county and has long been threatened by short-sighted development proposals.

The Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition together with Clean Water Action scored a major victory this April, when the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously for responsible limits on  new development in area. The Council’s April 1 action thwarted developers’ latest plans, which would have paved over more than 150 acres. Read more

Comments on DC Water Green Infrastructure Program

Clean Water Action

April 24, 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) Modification for Green Infrastructure (Public Review Draft of January 2014). Clean Water Action (Clean Water) supports the concepts embodied in the Review Draft but urges DC Water to make improvements in the area of accountability to water quality goals and cost projections in particular.  Clean Water was a leader among the groups critical of the original Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for its reliance on gray infrastructure, and was among those who considered it a limited victory that green infrastructure was eventually mentioned in the approved original plan. 

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Mind the Store

Mind the StoreAs the campaign to reform U.S. chemical safety policies continues on its multi-year path to update our laws in Congress, Clean Water Action has joined a related effort seeking leadership in safer chemicals and safer products from top retailers across the nation – the Mind the Store campaign.

Statement of Clean Water Action Chesapeake Program Director Andrew Fellows

Council of the District of Columbia
Transportation and Environment Committee
DC Water Annual Oversight Hearing

February 25, 2014

Clean Water Action urges the Council to consider, in their oversight role, the potential of DC Water’s proposed Green Infrastructure Plan to reduce the combined sewer overflows which threaten our valuable water resources while providing other benefits for the District. The Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project being developed by DC Water, the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment (DOE) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will use modern water management technologies to reduce water flow into storm drains, significantly reduce or eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and reduce sedimentation from bank erosion that results from high water flows after significant rain events.

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water in the Chesapeake Today!

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

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - controlling polluted runoff from developed areas, reigning in agricultural pollution, restricting pesticides that threaten our food supply, 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.

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