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We All Live Downstream

Spilled orange juice -- crtedit Martin Brigden (Flickr -- Creative Commons)
May 20, 2019

It’s 2002. I’m seven years old and sitting at my dining room table with my mom, eating breakfast and drinking a glass of orange juice. My mom and I are laughing about something when I knock the glass over. The juice spills everywhere – on the table and floor as I stare at the mess in shock. My mom scrambles to the kitchen, grabs paper towels and hands them to me, saying “It’s ok, just clean up your mess.”

Environmental Champion Reception Honorees
May 13, 2019

On May 7th, Clean Water Action California hosted our first Environmental Champions award dinner. We had the pleasure of honoring former chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, Felicia Marcus, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, and Senator Bill Monning. 

The evenings remarks cohered around the important work Clean Water Action is able to undertake in partnership with environmental champions in government. Andria Ventura, Clean Water Action’s Toxics Program Manager, and Jennifer Clary, our Water Program Manager, introduced the evening’s honorees. 

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May 9, 2019

The weather is getting warmer, which means it is time for picnics, parties, and BBQs. That also means we are likely to see more waste from single-use disposable products like paper plastics, plastic utensils, party cups, and more. Most of those items cannot be recycled, especially if they are soiled with food waste. This contributes to a very large waste stream – more than 40% of plastic is used just once before it becomes trash.

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May 9, 2019

I hope you can join me in supporting this inspiring organization in their upcoming Spring for Water benefit on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5 pm to 7 pm at Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail bar. You can RSVP or donate here

May 7, 2019

This morning, the Baltimore City Council's Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee held a public hearing on Resolution "for the purpose of inviting the Director of the Department of Public Works, the Head of the Bureau of Solid Waste, the Director of the Office of Sustainability, the Coordinator of the Office of Sustainability, and the City Arborist to update the City Council on the City’s progress toward creating a municipal composting program, to provide a fiscal impact statement on creating the program, and to estimate a time line for Citywide implementation of municipal compo

Raise funds for Clean Water by taking surveys!
May 6, 2019

Most Clean Water Action members we know – people like you who care about our water and want to see it protected – hold a wide range of opinions. Those opinions sometimes count for more than you might think – a lot more!

              How Much is YOUR Opinion Worth?

May 6, 2019

“In a time of ecological collapse, we can only do our best to be alive and contribute what is ours to contribute.”--Fenix Grace

The Phone Canvass plays a vital role at the Oakland Clean Water Action office. One of the people on this incredible team is Fēnix. They are currently in development to be a Phone Manager. Although they have been at Clean Water Action for a relatively short period, their work has had a positive impact both on their personal and professional life.

Sacramento, California capitol building
April 29, 2019

Many Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fun colleagues gathered recently for a conference in Maryland to train up, reinvigorate, share strategies and stories, and look to the future of Clean Water Action. 

Maryland forest in late summer
April 29, 2019

Georgetown University is currently proposing to cut down 249 acres of Southern Maryland’s largest forest to build a large-scale solar facility. This forest is one of Maryland’s targeted ecological areas, meaning it is a conservation priority for the state. It is home to many at-risk birds as well as Tier II streams, the designation given to Maryland’s highest quality streams. Please click here to email MDE: protect Southern Maryland's largest forest.

Mount Shasta
April 23, 2019

Angelina Cook is an environmental activist based in Siskiyou county. She advocates for including the City of Weed in the Shasta Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan and working to protect the city’s groundwater from expanded pumping by private bottling companies. Clean Water Action's communications manager interviewed Angelina about 

1. What basin/basins are you currently working in/involved with?

Shasta Valley Groundwater Basin 

2. What has been your experience of the Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) process?