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Kern River Oil Field
October 22, 2021

Yesterday, Governor Newsom and CalGEM (California Geologic Energy Management), the state agency that regulates oil and gas production, announced a draft rule to create a 3200-foot setback from new oil and gas wells to protect frontline communities. This setback would place a health and safety buffer zone between new oil and gas wells and homes, schools, hospitals, as well as other sensitive receptors .

PFAS Chemicals_Water_Canva.jpg
October 22, 2021

This week marks the 49th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water Act, our landmark Federal water protection law. In 1972, the Act set a goal of eliminating pollution in our rivers, lakes, streams and bays by 1985. While we’ve made a lot of progress toward this goal, we are certainly not there.

Water from a faucet / photo: istock
October 21, 2021

Today, we’re joining more than 1300 other organizations and individuals in the Value of Water Campaign’s “Imagine A Day Without Water.” Imagine a Day Without Water is a national education campaign that brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Activities include events, resolutions, student contests, social media engagement, and more, all across the country.

Plastic Pollution-ReThinkDisposable-Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash
October 19, 2021

Let's continue the fight to get a plastic bag ban in Rhode Island. Click here to eliminate plastic pollution in Narragansett Bay and protect the community

Powder Room tips graphic
October 13, 2021

Want a chance to win $10,000 towards a sustainable bathroom (aka “powder room”) makeover project, and support Clean Water? All you have to do is sign the “Powder Room pledge.” For every pledge signed between now and the end of 2021, Clean Water Fund will receive a $1 donation, up to $25,000.

MA-ZeroWaste-Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash.
October 12, 2021

These days, there’s a lot of talk about zero waste, but what does it really mean? When we envision our average Joe going zero waste we think of mason jars, composting bins, and the elimination of single use products. But how about when a whole city goes zero waste?

MA- Mayor Janey signing BERDO. Photo by Paulina Casasola
October 12, 2021

Good news! Last week, the Boston City Council unanimously voted for the Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance to become law. 

An image showing Maryland's changing salt practices
September 29, 2021

In the United States, more than 85% of road salt is used in the New England, Great Lakes, and Mid-Atlantic regions (Road Salt in USA). This road salt is typically purchased from the Department of Transportation through bids. However, states must develop regulations preventing salt pollution at the local level (Rasch). Unfortunately, only a few states have policies regarding the recovery and disposal of road salt (Rasch).

September 29, 2021

Accumulation

September 29, 2021

In the opening, we briefly touched on impacts of salt on sodium consumption. However, salt pollution’s threat to public health does not end there. This section will explore in greater detail about the different ways in which salt pollution threatens our safety.