Clean Water Action California

Clean Water Action California Clean Water Action California protects public health and the environment by stopping pollution at the source and cleaning up contaminated waterways.
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We help Californians take local action and work on policy at the state and federal levels.

Mission: Clean Water Action is an organization of 1.2 million members working to empower people to take action to protect America's waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

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And now more good election news.  Clean Water champion Susan Eggman elected to the state senate!
11/11/2020

And now more good election news. Clean Water champion Susan Eggman elected to the state senate!

Congrats to our members in Assembly District 16 (Orinda, Livermore, Dublin etc) for being represented by a great water c...
11/10/2020

Congrats to our members in Assembly District 16 (Orinda, Livermore, Dublin etc) for being represented by a great water champion

11/09/2020
Even as we cross the line toward victory, we still believe that this is the United States and every vote counts and must...
11/06/2020
#VotersDecided Digital Rally · Protect the Results

Even as we cross the line toward victory, we still believe that this is the United States and every vote counts and must be protected. Want to feel part of that. Here's an invitation; https://www.mobilize.us/ptr/event/362657/

The #VotersDecided Digital Rally will create a joyful online space that celebrates a historic election, where every vote was counted and the will of the people stand. It will elevate the voices of BIPOC organizers and movement leaders, and call the country to join in the Voters Decided National Day....

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11/06/2020

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Thank you, for your patience! We are feeling positive but we are being told we won’t have an update until tomorrow at the earliest. Thank you all for your support and as soon as we know anything we will let you know.

Reminder that it will take time to make sure every vote is counted. Our voices need to be heard! Keep calm & count every...
11/04/2020

Reminder that it will take time to make sure every vote is counted. Our voices need to be heard!

Keep calm & count every vote. We've got this!

#CountEveryVote

11/04/2020

Today is the day to hold tight to the fact that we wouldn't have the result today and the votes will be counted

11/04/2020
Leslie Odom, Jr. on Twitter

Dear Friends. This is tough. So much is riding on this election. But keep up hope as all our votes are counted. It's hard, but Wait For It.

“It’s gonna take awhile to get all our votes counted. I’m willing to wait... https://t.co/WVRFJN2gev”

Californians, if you haven't voted yet, get out there and do it before the polls close at 8 pm.  Everyone is counting on...
11/03/2020

Californians, if you haven't voted yet, get out there and do it before the polls close at 8 pm. Everyone is counting on you to uphold Democracy - including this guy. ☺️

Make sure to vote, if you haven't already.Check-out the link below to learn more about CA CWA endorsements & for local p...
11/03/2020
Protect Clean Water Now!

Make sure to vote, if you haven't already.

Check-out the link below to learn more about CA CWA endorsements & for local polling information.

For same-day voter registration ➡️ https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/same-day-reg

Your voice matters - get your vote in!

Today is the most important Election Day of our lives. Our democracy and our future are at stake.  So if you haven’t voted yet, please make your voice heard.  

11/02/2020

2 Things. VOTE and DON'T PANIC. Results aren't real - no matter what a candidate/poll claims- until all ballots are counted.

For our followers with school children as you navigate the pandemichttps://www.healthandenvironment.org/webinars/96544
10/30/2020
Indoor Air Quality in Schools and Childcare Facilities During COVID-19 — The Collaborative on Health and the Environment

For our followers with school children as you navigate the pandemichttps://www.healthandenvironment.org/webinars/96544

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment's (CHE's) primary mission is to strengthen the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health and to facilitate collaborative, multifactorial, prevention-oriented efforts to address environmental health concerns.

VOTE.  At this point, it is probably best to drop off your ballot at a Registrar of Voters designated site or box or to ...
10/29/2020

VOTE. At this point, it is probably best to drop off your ballot at a Registrar of Voters designated site or box or to vote (safely) in person. In Calif. your mail in ballot MUST BE POSTMARKED NOV 3 AND DO NOT FORGET TO SIGN THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE.

Many Americans are drinking water and breathing air polluted with chemicals called #PFAS that are linked to cancer, immune suppression & infertility.

Every candidate for office must share their plan to help solve the forever chemicals crisis.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Ggz8uq

Check it out! Two and four legged grassroots activists across the country, calling on McDonalds to dump toxic PFAS, the ...
10/29/2020

Check it out! Two and four legged grassroots activists across the country, calling on McDonalds to dump toxic PFAS, the "forever chemical", from its packaging! McDonalds, are you listening???#notlovinit

This week, consumers across the country are holding a #MindTheStore week of action calling on McDonald's to ban PFAS chemicals from its food packaging. Recent tests found fluorine, suggesting treatment with PFAS chemicals, in multiple McDonald's packaging items. This pollutes communities where the chemicals are manufactured, the food inside the packaging, and the communities where the packaging ends up in landfills and incinerators. So people from Maine to Florida to California are calling on McDonald's to clean up its packaging! To get involved with the campaign, email [email protected]!

Sustainable groundwater management means addressing the connection between drinking water & groundwater! With current pl...
10/23/2020
California’s Landmark Groundwater Law Falls Short, Advocates Say

Sustainable groundwater management means addressing the connection between drinking water & groundwater!

With current plans, as many as 127,000 could lose some or all of their primary water source by 2020. #SGMA Public Policy Institute of California Community Water Center Water Foundation

In 2014, California took its first step to regulate how it uses groundwater. But now advocates are now warning that those rules might be leaving out disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley who depend on groundwater to drink.

10/23/2020

Something amazingly important happened tonight. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE made it into the debate! Only Biden understood it. VOTE.

This situation is exacerbated by the fact that when people rely on fast or pkged food, they are also being exposed to PF...
10/22/2020
Navigating the toxic triangle in Bayview Hunters Point

This situation is exacerbated by the fact that when people rely on fast or pkged food, they are also being exposed to PFAS, styrene, bisphenols and a wide range of other toxic chemicals that the FDA allows to be used in food wrappers. https://sfbayview.com/2020/10/navigating-the-toxic-triangle-in-bayview-hunters-point/

Endlessly bombarded by the triple slam of the capitalist corporate installed food desert, poverty and government refusal to take responsibility for the toxic remains of the Hunters Point Navy Shipyard wedded to developer greed and other shenanigans, Bayview Hunters Point community continues to take....

Live in Turlock, Modesto, Merced and own your own well. California needs your help and its easy. https://ca.water.usgs.g...
10/16/2020
Groundwater Well Sampling | USGS California Water Science Center

Live in Turlock, Modesto, Merced and own your own well. California needs your help and its easy. https://ca.water.usgs.gov/projects/gama/gama-domestic-groundwater-well-sampling.html

Historical water-quality data will be used in conjunction with data from water-chemistry samples collected as part of this study. These samples will be analyzed for chemical and isotopic constituents to help evaluate the regional source(s), flowpath(s), and age(s) of water from wells.

CWA works hard to eliminate plastics at the source, but we also need to take action as individuals.  While you may feel ...
10/16/2020
Groundbreaking study finds 13.3 quadrillion plastic fibers in California’s environment

CWA works hard to eliminate plastics at the source, but we also need to take action as individuals. While you may feel you can't avoid plastic completely, please think about what you buy and do what you can to avoid the products that send these particles into the environment. Remember, its not just what gets into our water. Its about how we make plastic-by pumping more oil. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/16/plastic-waste-microfibers-california-study

Exclusive: report reveals as many microfibers as there are stars in the Milky Way – and they can easily enter oceans and waterways

"Stakeholders who are directly impacted by changes in land and water management need to have a seat at the table to ensu...
10/15/2020
Elevating NGOs and Community Groups in Groundwater Decision-Making

"Stakeholders who are directly impacted by changes in land and water management need to have a seat at the table to ensure that their experience can inform the planning process and make their needs heard." - Jennifer Clary, CA CWA Director #CAGroundwater #SGMA

Through the NGO Groundwater Collaborative, NGOs, Tribes, and residents share resources to help each other participate in CA groundwater management programs.

Monday is the last day to register to vote on line in California. If you are not registered, please do so, because this ...
10/14/2020

Monday is the last day to register to vote on line in California. If you are not registered, please do so, because this election will have a real effect on our state and our future. That's why we're asking you to join CWA's Regional Canvass Supervisor Mare Carbone in getting your ballot in.

For more info, including legitimate voting sites: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/voting-california

Everyone deserves clean drinking water. But millions across the U.S. drink #PFAS-contaminated water. These chemicals are...
10/14/2020
PFAS Action

Everyone deserves clean drinking water. But millions across the U.S. drink #PFAS-contaminated water. These chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility & more.

Every candidate for office must share their plan to help solve the #foreverchemicals crisis!

https://bit.ly/2Ggz8uq

You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab.Link to read me page with more information.

We urge you not to be afraid to vote, but to be sure you are not a victim of fraud.  Mailing your ballot or dropping it ...
10/13/2020
California Republican Party Admits It Placed Misleading Ballot Boxes Around State

We urge you not to be afraid to vote, but to be sure you are not a victim of fraud. Mailing your ballot or dropping it off in an official drop box from your county is legal, is safe. And you will still have precincts to vote in. VOTE.

Government officials say the receptacles are illegal and could lead to voter fraud, but the party says it will continue the practice.

Reminder that today is #IndigenousPeoplesDay! This holiday recognizes the legacy and impact of colonialism on Native com...
10/12/2020
What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Reminder that today is #IndigenousPeoplesDay! This holiday recognizes the legacy and impact of colonialism on Native communities, and it also celebrates the cultures, contributions, and resilience of Native peoples.

Here are a few indigenous organizations you can support today (and beyond):

Sogorea Te’ Land Trust
https://sogoreate-landtrust.org/

Indigenous Environmental Network
https://www.ienearth.org

Native American Heritage Association
naha-inc.org

And why should we celebrate it instead of Columbus Day?

Trump's Administration would have you believe that pollution is the price we have to pay for a strong economy.  But does...
10/08/2020
These maps show how air pollution and COVID-19 can be a deadly mix

Trump's Administration would have you believe that pollution is the price we have to pay for a strong economy. But does injustice not cost? Does death and illness not cost? Can you build a strong economy without breathable air? The answer is NO.
https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2020-10-08/boiling-point-air-pollution-and-covid-19-can-be-a-deadly-mix-boiling-point?fbclid=IwAR0vnDq7ayr0lW4FjlcypuW7TC6UDsarNDWCgb95abGRbopkoUS39k-Sac8

Poor air quality has put Black people and Latinos at greater risk from the coronavirus, in Los Angeles and across the country.

While CWA was disappointed that the legislature failed to pass comprehensive waste reduction legislation, there remains ...
10/08/2020
Editorial: Don't despair. California's fight against plastic trash is far from over

While CWA was disappointed that the legislature failed to pass comprehensive waste reduction legislation, there remains some good news and lots of work ahead. We're in it for the long haul and hope you are too.

The failure of a landmark plastic pollution bill in the Legislature in August was a setback, but not the end of the effort to reduce plastic trash.

Understanding the impact of the pandemic on households and water systems is critical in ensuring access to water for all...
10/07/2020
Unpaid water bills a "pending disaster" the state is trying to head off - SJV Water

Understanding the impact of the pandemic on households and water systems is critical in ensuring access to water for all communities! #KeepTheWaterFlowing California Governor Gavin Newsom

If the state has any hope of heading off a looming “tidal wave” of residential water shut offs and bankrupt water systems it has to get a picture of current impacts, advocates urged. Right now, the state doesn’t even have a blurry sketch. Which is why the State Water Resources Control Board di...

10/07/2020

Years ago we fought to get perchlorate regulated in water but we can do even better and today we took a small step toward that goal..
A bit of progress on perchlorate in drinking water because who wants rocket fuel in their water

California approves new perchlorate test limits in possible step toward stricter water standards

By Debra Kahn

10/06/2020 08:47 PM EDT

California regulators Tuesday approved tighter requirements for water agencies to test for perchlorate, a move that could eventually pave the way for stricter drinking water standards for the toxic chemical.

What happened: The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules that require water agencies to test for perchlorate — a chemical commonly used in ammunition and rocket fuel that can cause thyroid and developmental issues — to the level of 0.002 milligrams per liter starting next year. In 2024, the standard will tighten again to 0.001 mg/L.

The existing standard for testing is 0.004 mg/L. Once it takes effect, water systems will have to start asking labs to analyze to the new standard.

What it means: It could be the state's first step toward tightening the state standard for perchlorate in drinking water. The state's "public health goal" is 0.001 mg/L, but the actual requirement that water systems have to meet is several times higher: 0.006 mg/L.

By testing to a tighter standard, regulators can see whether the chemical is present in lower concentrations and whether it might require a more stringent drinking water standard.

"This is a very first step," said Andria Ventura, legislative and policy director for the group Clean Water Action. "They're looking to see how widespread the problem is beyond what we already know." California is one of only two states to regulate perchlorate in drinking water; it isn't regulated in drinking water on the federal level.

Industry groups, including the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, Western Growers and California Chamber of Commerce, argued in public comments that the 2024 limit would increase testing costs and could result in false positives.

Water agencies also said the 2024 limit could increase testing costs, and asked for that requirement to be addressed in a separate rulemaking. Agency officials said 2024 would be enough time for laboratories to prepare to test to 0.001 mg/L.

What's next: The regulations will take effect upon approval by the Office of Administrative Law, which is expected to happen by April 2021.

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This week in Outside Adventure to the Max, last week's 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebration staged a wild waterpark ride of slips and slides as all sides weighed in on interpreting the Clean Water Act.
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Can I get an opinion review on this article. thank you very much https://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/op-ed/article229605104.html We need to review this report and analye it. I know but it has to be done.
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DON'T BE FOOLED ... There is a false and very dangerous idea being advanced that somehow the crises of affordable housing can be solved by weakening or gutting the California Environmental Quality Act and other zoning and environmental protections. Groups calling themselves "Yimby" (Yes in my backyard) have formed across the state. At first glance their intentions seem great - organize and advance the development of greater densities within existing neighborhoods to provide more housing for low income residents. But these organizations have swiftly become fronts for development, real estate and banking interests who seek to eliminate all rules regarding development. These interests push a tired and flatly deceptive line that if only they could be allowed to develop more supply, the trickle down effect would be lower prices across the board in housing. DO NOT BE FOOLED!!! This is nothing but corporate greed rearing it's ugly head once more and seeking the same conditions of inflated, artificial price gouging which caused the problem of un-affordable housing in the first place. Ask anyone - specifically politicians - advocating "increasing housing supply" the basic question ... How many new dwellings would have to be built in any neighborhood to make housing affordable to a person earning $15-$20 per hour? A better solution to the affordable housing crises is to increase government regulation and oversight of the real estate and development industry, removing such things as "in lieu of fees" to local governing agencies, which developers take advantage of to avoid any development of low income housing. End the practice of development on open space when redevelopment of older neighborhoods, and specifically abandoned or under-used retail and office space could be redeveloped into affordable housing. Force all elected officials to do their jobs and protect the greater good of their constituents from the short term greed of developer interests. Protecting the environment and providing affordable housing are not mutually exclusive. This is a golden opportunity to institute sustainable planning and development that can lead to a better, cleaner and more equitable situation for all of us in California. DON'T BE FOOLED BY DEVELOPMENT DECEPTION TACTICS!!!
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