As COVID-19 Shows There is No Public Health Without Clean Water for All, Governor Newsom Takes Important Steps to Protect Public Health and Combat the Spread of Disease
Group Supports Further Action to Meet Urgent Drinking Water Needs During COVID-19 Crisis
“We applaud those utilities who have not only placed a moratorium on shutoffs during the pandemic, but which are turning the water back on for those whose water service was turned off prior to this crisis,” said Jennifer Clary, Water Program Manager at Clean Water Action. “Those who were struggling before this emergency hit need help even more now. We urge the governor to ensure that all residential water providers follow this example.”
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that he is extending William Perry Pendley’s tenure as Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
Michael Kelly, Director of Communications for Clean Water Action, released the following statement in response:
EmpowerNJ, representing more than 60 signatory organizations around the state, including labor, faith, environmental and community organizations, released a copy of its letter to Governor Murphy urging the Administration to pause pending proceedings and actions with respect to approving applications and permits for all major development projects where public participation is allowed, including fossil fuel infrastructure expansion, until the unprecedented COVID-19 health emergency has ended and the public can once again participate in government decision-making. There cannot be meaningful public participation when the public is being told to shelter in place.
The following statement can be attributed to Mary Brady-Enerson, Michigan Director, Clean Water Action:
"Finally EPA will act to make sure extreme weather events and other worst case scenarios don't result in drinking water contamination and water pollution. This was what Congress intended and is part of the unfinished business of the landmark Clean Water Act," said Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director.
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2020
SACRAMENTO - California residents and clean water advocates commend the State Water Board for releasing its proposed plan for a statewide water affordability program on Tuesday.
“We are excited to join with Seventh Generation to increase awareness, action and real-world progress on some of today’s most pressing water challenges,” said Clean Water Action President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass. “Seventh Generation’s growing market reach and role as a sustainability business leader, its aggressive commitments to reduce water and climate impacts, and its achievement of Made Safe certification for the new personal care products line add power and credibility to our work together.”
Trenton, NJ: In anticipation of Governor Phil Murphy's budget speech next week, a broad collection of faith, labor, progressive, community, and environmental organizations today urged the governor to continue fairly increasing revenue and achieving budget savings to dig NJ out of a financial hole left by his predecessors and to increase funding for critical environmental programs.
“Understanding the full extent of PFAS contamination in California's drinking water is critical to both protect the public and enable us to make the most cost-effective decisions about water treatment,” said Andria Ventura, toxics program manager for Clean Water Action. “We don't want to have to keep rethinking technical investments because we didn't have a full understanding of the problem. That's not fair to water systems or ratepayers.”