55% of our nation’s streams& rivers are in poor condition, unfit for swimming, drinking or fishing.


Boys fishing. (iStockphoto)

BREAKING ACTION! Clean Water Rule just released—help protect it from imminent attack! Today, President Obama finalized a strong rule making clean water a priority.

Send your thanks and urge him to stand strong against congressional attacks.

Today, after a decade of uncertainty created by the Supreme Court and the previous administration, President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy have finalized a strong, commonsense rule to make clean water a priority by protecting the sources of drinking water supplies for more than 117 million Americans.

Thank the Administration for protecting clean water!

More than 800,000 Americans like you have called on the administration to finalize the clean water rule. Now it’s time to stand up once again for strong water protections.

Over the past decade, Earthjustice has been working hard to strengthen national Clean Water Act standards, establish legal precedents that raise the bar for polluters, and close loopholes that let polluters off the hook.

The Clean Water rule will:

  • Reduce confusion over which waters are protected by our environmental laws
  • Restore key environmental protections to many waters across the country that are currently vulnerable to toxic pollution
  • Provide hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits
  • Ensure that our rivers, streams and wetlands are protected for future generations to enjoy

Unfortunately, Congress is determined to put the interests of polluters ahead of clean water, including the quality of the water your family drinks. Members of both chambers are doing everything they can to block this rule so their polluter friends can easily dump waste in our waterways. That’s why it’s critical that we all stand up now to protect our clean water!

Join us in thanking the President for standing up to polluters by finalizing the clean water rule, and urge him to stand strong against congressional attacks.

Sincerely,

Chris Espinosa
Legislative Representative

A Field Trip to the White House … Vivian Bailey,97


 

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden welcome 97-year-old Vivian Bailey and her guests, Principal Troy Todd and teacher Melissa Peyton, to the Oval Office, May 26, 2015. Ms. Bailey has been raising money for more than a dozen years so students of Running Brook Elementary school in Columbia, Maryland, can take field trips. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Reasons We Need the Clean Water Rule

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army are finalizing a Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands we rely on for our health, our economy, and our way of life. Find out exactly why this rule is so important.

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Memorial Day 2015: Honoring Our Soldiers Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

This Memorial Day, President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia to pay solemn tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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The First Lady Celebrates the 2015 Graduates of Oberlin College

On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the class of 2015 at Oberlin College in Ohio. Oberlin was the first college in America to adopt a policy to admit African American students, as well as the first co-ed school to grant bachelor’s degrees to women — and this year marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s own commencement address at Oberlin College.

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Tell Us: What’s Your Stake in Clean Water?

One in three Americans get their drinking water from areas that don’t have clear pollution protection.

But this week, after hundreds of meetings and reviewing more than 1 million comments from Americans, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are taking steps to fix the problem. Together, they’re releasing a Clean Water Rule that strengthens and expands protections for bodies of water that more than a third of Americans rely on for their drinking water.

Share with us why clean water is important to you, and join the conversation online using #CleanWaterRules on your social media channels.

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Visit Big Bend! (Before Will Hurd Destroys It)


a message from #PeteGallego for Congress

Yet another classic example of Congressman Will Hurd talking out of both sides of his mouth.

Today a column by Rep. Hurd appeared in a D.C. media outlet on the beauty of the Big Bend Region — which is great — we 100% agree.

What we disagree on is Rep. Hurd’s proposed legislation that would devastate Big Bend National Park.

Our local paper in Alpine had this to say about Rep. Hurd’s bill:

“The result is that the Department of Homeland Security can come into Big Bend National Park and bulldoze archaeological sites, endangered wildlife zones and destroy view shed and the dark skies for which this park is internationally famous”

So, if Rep. Hurd remains in office, then you should probably go visit the Big Bend area ASAP — before he militarizes it and destroys the natural beauty.

Or you could help us get Pete back in office and rest assured that we’ll have a congressman who will never stop fighting to preserve and protect the area he grew up in.

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The Global clean-water crisis


the Global clean-water crisis … last call at the Oasis

The Scientists in Jessica Yu’s documentary, about the global clean-water crisis, say that half the world’s population will not have access to adequate drinking water by the year 2025. Deftly constructed and devastating, the film is a stunning eye-opener that will, at the very least, have you taking shorter showers and turning off the tap while you brush your teeth. – jg -vogue