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The Basics of Field Organizing

To stand up to big, powerful polluters and special interests, we need strong grassroots power.  And to successfully build that power, you need to be strategic about how you run your campaign. This is a training manual written for Clean Water Network members that covers the basic principles of developing a field plan for your […]

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Drinking Water Curriculum for 8th Graders

Too often, we take safe drinking water for granted.  We don’t think enough about where it comes from or what’s in it, even though clean drinking water is fundamental to life itself.  Educating ourselves and the next generation of water advocates is an important step towards ensuring that our water is safe to drink. The […]

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Muddy Water Watch trains volunteers to spot runoff from construction sites

Is your local stream suffering from too much dirt or silt, which smothers the plants and wildlife in it?  This is a common problem, often because of poorly protected construction sites, farms, or roads.  I want to share a set of materials that some of your peers like Mobile Baykeeper are using to train volunteers […]

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Sign On Opportunity: Stormwater Rule

As you might know, the EPA recently proposed a new rulemaking on permitting regulations for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). Our friends at NRDC have written this comment letter, and you are invited to sign your organization on. To add your name, reply to me, kwilliams@environmentamerica.org and cc Johanna Dyer of NRDC at jdyer@nrdc.org. […]

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Webinar on Green Infrastructure

Learn tools like the Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard, how to set a measurable goal and implement your project, and address challenges in financing. Below is the powerpoint used in the Webinar

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We can’t take clean drinking water for granted: State of Emergency declared in Flint

Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis: Obama Signs Emergency Declaration   by ELISHA FIELDSTADT President Barack Obama on Saturday declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, where officials allegedly ignored the detriments of a water source that exposed nearly everyone in the city to lead poisoning and other contaminants. The White House issued a release calling for the Federal […]

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CRA in the House of Representatives

The week of January 11, the House of Representatives is voting on S.J. Res. 22, a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act attacking the Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration’s landmark initiative to restore safeguards against pollution and destruction for lakes, streams, wetlands and other water bodies. Fortunately, President Obama is certain to issue […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Clean Water Network! If you’re anything like me, you spent the beginning of this week emerging from the holiday lull.  You’ve re-acclimated yourself to scheduling meetings and returning voicemails, and are now ready to take on the new year.  While I’m excited to be jumping full-speed into 2016, I also spent some […]

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Green Infrastructure Resources

Clean Water Network members across the nation are dealing with stormwater runoff in their communities, and are looking for ways to use green infrastructure solutions to protect their waterways from pollutants. Our friends at American Rivers have put together this guide for community and watershed advocates to improve municipal stormwater permits and protect water quality. […]

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Latest on the Clean Water Rule Litigation

What’s the latest on the Clean Water Rule litigation?  Jon Devine of NRDC is helping us keep it all straight. Read his update below. As a starting point, there is a lack of agreement amongst the parties and some uncertainty about whether challenges to the rule are supposed to be filed in the first level […]