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Kate and Otto Triggiano

Introducing Kate Triggiano, our new Rethink Disposable Coordinator!

July 19, 2017

Hello! My name is Kate Triggiano and I am the new Rethink Disposable Coordinator for Clean Water Action's ReThink Disposable program in New Jersey! Rethink Disposable's goal is to minimize the use of single use products: from shopping bags and food and beverage packaging, to plastic straws and water bottles. ReThink Disposable assists businesses by helping them reduce their dependency on single use disposables, while saving money through lower waste collection and supply costs.

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Just Say No to Straws

May 24, 2017

Every day in the U.S., people use 500 million straws a day - enough to circle to planet more than two-and-a-half times! Straws are now one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. And by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

So, what do we do about it?

Peoples Climate March. Photo by Greg Leshe

People's Climate Movement

May 5, 2017

Clean Water Action was honored to join over 200,000 people at the People's Climate Movement in Washington DC. Our New Jersey team joined NJ Sierra Club and Bus for Progress in hosting several buses that made the trip from New Jersey to Washington DC. We met so many energized folks, people from every race and age group, who came from all over the country for this one day movement to demand action for climate change and water change. Here are some of our favorite stories and photos from the day!

David Tykulsker award at Clean Water Action conference, by Jenny Vickers

Earth Week Hero - David Tykulsker

April 21, 2017

"Fighting to leave this world a better place by making the best of what we got," is a driving force behind Clean Water Action's Earth Week Hero, David Tykulsker.

David has been at the heart of our organization since he joined the New Jersey Board in the 1980s. In 2005, he became the National Board of Clean Water Action, a position he still holds today.

Pinelands Hearing Photo by Janet Tauro

We Lost Pinelands, But We Will Get Them Back

March 7, 2017

We lost the Pinelands.

Just like that; the Pinelands Commission in lockstep with Executive Director Nancy Wittenberg, struck down 40-years of carefully crafted protections last month that would keep industry out of the fragile forest preserve.

One wonders if those who voted in favor of the 22-mile, high speed gas pipeline even know the definition of the word “precedent,” which four past governors and the architects of the comprehensive management plan tried to drive home in letters to the commissioners.  

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Much more than just knocking on doors!

February 24, 2017

Clean Water Action works hard to keep people involved in the democratic process, even outside of election day. Contrary to popular belief, politicians are not working against the interest of the people. They just have a lot on their plates.

Tell the New Jersey Pinelands Commission: No Pipeline in the Pinelands

January 9, 2017

It’s back, just like a bad dream. The highly controversial South Jersey Natural Gas application for a 23-mile, mile gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands forest preserve is back on the burner

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Zero Waste Events: Join the Reuse Revolution!

October 19, 2016

Did you know that enough plastic exists to cover the entire Earth in cling wrap? Everywhere you look, you can find water bottles, grocery bags, random pieces of polystyrene foam, nylons and other plastics.

Kim Gaddy and Clean Water Action at a Ports Motorcade Rally for Clean Air & Good Jobs. Photo by Jeanette Mitchell

Motorcade Rally to Demand the Port Authority Ensure Clean Air & Good Jobs Now

July 19, 2016

Mayor Baraka at Motorcade Rally. Photo by Jeanette MitchellYesterday, Clean Water Action joined the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and City of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to lead a motorcade rally through the port followed by a rally on the steps of City Hall to demand the Port Authority of NY/NJ ensure clean air and good jobs now.

Justice for Port Communities! Two Victories to Celebrate.

June 28, 2016

As we prepare for our Independence Day celebrations, I want to share two victories that we are proud to have accomplished.