2015 Virginia State Legislative Endorsements

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You know how important clean water is to our economy, health and quality of life in the Commonwealth. That's why this election is so critical. On November 3rd be a Clean Water Voter. Find your polling location here and go vote! 

You're not just electing a State Senator and Delegate. On Election Day, you and other Virginia voters will make important decisions about Virginia's future and whether we make progress in cleaning up our rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Voters like you will make the difference in all those races.

Make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 3rd! Make sure your friends and family join you. We need to turn out as many voters like you as possible.

Chesapeake Currents - Summer 2015

Chesapeake Currents
summer 2015 edition

2015 Maryland Legislative Update

Years of clean water victories came under siege in Maryland’s 2015 legislature. Clean Water Action responded with ramped up efforts to educate sixty-eight new legislators and the new Governor, Larry Hogan, about the importance of preserving the state’s legacy of landmark protections for water resources and healthy communities. Read more


As Coal Ash Problems Continue, DEQ In Position To Order Effective Cleanup

Richmond, VA--As it considers whether to approve closure plans submitted by Dominion for leaking lagoons at plants like the Chesapeake Energy Center, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is facing increasing pressure from the public to clean up coal ash in a manner that is protective of both human health and the environment.

According to a new report released by Virginia Conservation Network in partnership with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Clean Water Action, and Earthjustice, every major region of Virginia contains coal ash ponds that are leaking and unstable, creating the potential for another major environmental catastrophe. Download the report (pdf).

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05/13/2015 - 12:38

Charlottesville, VA Supports EPA Efforts to Protect Streams and Wetlands

Charlottesville - The Charlottesville City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds Mayor Satyendra Singh Huja and the Charlottesville City Council for their leadership on this important issue, and thanks Councilmember Kristin Szakos for introducing the resolution.
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03/25/2015 - 14:52

Protect Your Water from Toxic Pollution!

Last year's chemical spill into the Elk River in West Virginia, coal ash spill in the Dan River near Danville, and train derailment into the James River in Lynchburg prove that accidents happen. The risks posed by toxics jeopardize the quality of our water sources and our health.

Two pending bills, SB 771 and 1071, would make it easier to identify hazardous waste sites in Virginia and strengthen state's ability to protect your water and other valuable resources.

  • SB 771 establishes a list of non-federally managed toxic waste sites and makes it easier to respond to any contamination of groundwater or drinking water that may occur.
  • SB 1071 raises the civil penalty the DEQ can issues for environmental violations from $10,000 to $25,000. Virginia's current cap pales in comparison to other states such as North Carolina, which can impose an administrative penalty of $15,000 to $32,500 per day depending on the violation. 
Take Action!

Send a message to your state Senator and Delegate them to "Protect our Water" from toxic pollution!

VA General Assembly 2015 Legislative Priorities

Here are some of the bills that we are tracking in the 2015 Virginia legislative session:

Healthy Rivers

Healthy Rivers are vital to protect drinking water sources and improve the quality of wildlife habitats.

North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Flows to Virginia

Coal ash on the Dan River - Courtesy of Waterkeeper AllianceIn 2012, when Duke Energy’s Dan River coal-fired power plant in Eden, North Carolina was retired, many local residents may have thought that they were now free of the plant’s worst pollution. Unfortunately, plants of this type can leave a lasting pollution legacy, including coal ash waste which can remain toxic for decades. At the Dan River plant the coal ash was stored in an unlined pond on the edge of the Dan River.

In February 2014, a storm water pipe under the pond broke, draining toxic coal ash into the Dan River. By the time the pipe had been sealed a week later, 27 million gallons of slurry and 80,000 tons of coal ash had been dumped into the river, causing untold economic and environmental damage. The Dan River supplies drinking water to the town of Danville, just across the border in Virginia.

Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake

In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay.  The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010.  That deadline will not be met.

Chesapeake Currents - Fall 2015

Chesapeake Currents
fall 2015 edition

Virginia: 2015 Endorsements

Clean Water Action members know how important water is to our economy, health and quality of life in the Commonwealth. This election is critical. Be a Clean Water Voter on November 3.  Find your polling location here. Check out the below candidates. Then go vote!

You’re not just deciding who your next State Senator and Delegate will be. On Election Day, you will make important decisions about Virginia’s future and the progress cleaning up our rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Voters like you will make the difference in all those races. Make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 3 — and make sure your friends and family join you — we need to turn out as many clean water voters as possible. Read more


We All Live Downstream

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains to a particular river, lake, bay, or other body of water. We all live in a watershed: some are large like the Chesapeake Bay, while others are small like your local stream or valley.

The Chesapeake Bay watershed stretches more than 64,000 square miles, and covers parts of Maryland, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia. Within the watershed, there are more than 100,000 streams and rivers called tributaries or sub-watersheds that eventually flow into the Bay.
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