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Clean Water Act: Excuses for Proposed Rollback Don’t Withstand Scrutiny

The Trump administration’s proposals stripping some waterways of Clean Water Act protection have no basis in law or science. Many of the administration’s assertions about the Clean Water Act also have no basis in fact. We weigh some of the administration’s claims, below: Fact: Clean water protections don’t put people out of work. Increased pollution ...


We Say: Drop the “Swampwaters” Classification of the Lower Cape Fear

According to observable facts, the lower Cape Fear River isn’t a swamp. According to North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission, however, it is. The Commission in 2015 reclassified a 15-mile stretch of the river flowing past Wilmington, from the segment upstream of Toomers Creek to the line across the river between Lilliput Creek and Snows Cut, ...


Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act Would Imperil Iconic Waters

The Trump administration wants to strip lakes, streams, and other waterways around the country from protection by the Clean Water Act. The change would leave some of the nation’s iconic waters vulnerable to pollution. Among the waters in danger of losing protection: New Mexico’s Chaco River The Chaco River watershed, which is just south of ...


We Can’t Afford to Lose the Clean Water Act

In 1972, waterways in the United States were severely polluted and dangerous. Rivers caught on fire, communities were sickened, and wildlife disappeared. In response to this devastation, Congress passed the Clean Water Act—a monumental law that prohibits pollution and requires restoration of the nation’s waters. Under this law, all waters that are defined as “waters ...


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Hope for a Water-Stressed Middle East

Co-written by Marc Yaggi & Gabrielle Segal A major water crisis is gripping the Middle East. Freshwater resources are dwindling and more frequent droughts are driving landscape changes. Water scarcity and climate change already contribute to conflicts between and within nations, as is the case with Syria. In general, conflicts escalate as resources become more ...


Providing Clean Water in China’s Cancer Villages

Rapid industrialization and scant pollution controls have left China with more than 400 villages where the cancer rate is extraordinarily high. The country even has a name for them: (癌症村), Áizhèng cūn, “Cancer Village.” One cause: Water contamination. Serious water pollution afflicts all seven large river basins in China, but the earliest and most serious ...


Suit Filed to Protect Colorado River and Prevent Dam Expansion in Boulder County

Conservation Coalition Seeks to Halt Denver Water’s Moffat Project A coalition of conservation groups filed suit today in federal district court seeking to halt Denver Water’s proposed expansion of Gross Dam in Boulder County and to protect flows in the Colorado River. The groups’ complaint details how federal agencies charged with permitting the project failed ...


‘Red Tide’ Lawsuit Launched After Feds Ignore Wildlife Harms of Lake Okeechobee Discharges

U.S. Army Corps to Extend Algae Bloom-triggering Discharges Through 2025 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue three federal agencies for failing to assess harm to Florida’s endangered species before approving the ongoing release of Lake Okeechobee waters polluted with toxic, nutrient-rich agricultural waste. The discharges likely help drive the catastrophic “Red ...


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Protecting the Heart of the Clean Water Act | Dive Into Democracy

Thank you for an amazing year of fighting for clean water! For the last Dive into Democracy for 2018, we wanted to thank all of our engaged readers for the vital role you played in standing up for environmental protection. This year, we collectively helped stop over 20 bad bills and legislative riders aimed at ...


Protecting the Mighty Mekong

With a length of 2,703 miles, the mighty Mekong River originates in the Tibetan Plateau and flows through 6 countries in Asia—China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam—before it reaches the South China Sea. The Mekong is the world’s twelfth longest river and the seventh longest in Asia, providing food, water, recreation, and transportation for ...