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Relentless in the Pursuit of Poisoning our Waterways | Dive Into Democracy

Nearly a decade ago, Waterkeeper Alliance and our partners won an important legal victory that helps keep pesticides from poisoning our waterways. In National Cotton Council v. EPA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred when it issued a rule exempting pesticides applied in ...


EPA wants to create a massive Clean Water Act loophole | Dive Into Democracy

Imagine this scenario: a company releases pollutants from a pipe a few feet short of a waterway. The pollutants do not directly discharge into the waterway, but travel a short distance underground before entering the water. This discharge of pollution is not regulated by the Clean Water Act, and therefore the company can legally put ...


EPA needs a leader — not Scott Pruitt | Dive Into Democracy

Today, Waterkeeper Alliance and nearly 100 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to take action to remove Scott Pruitt from his position as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Many are currently focused on Pruitt’s questionable judgment and deregulatory efforts, but there is a much more serious issue ...


Don’t Let CAFOs Hide Their Pollution | Dive Into Democracy

A few weeks ago, the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on the “Agriculture Creates Real Employment (ACRE) Act” (S. 2663). Some members of Congress want to give concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) more free passes to pollute. These industrial-scale facilities create massive amounts of animal waste, which, if improperly managed, ...


Plastic is Poisoning Our Planet | Dive Into Democracy

Plastic is poisoning our planet, but there are actions you can take to reduce your impact Earth Day is on April 22 and this year’s theme is “End Plastic Pollution.” Plastic plays a large role in our everyday lives — so much so that most of us may not even realize how much we use ...


It’s Time for Pruitt to Go | Dive Into Democracy

From the second that President Trump nominated Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Waterkeeper Alliance warned that he was a disastrous choice. Now, as more details about Pruitt’s self-interested and destructive decision-making are coming to light, Congress should take action to remove him from his position of power. Our well-founded ...


Stop EPA from Eliminating Protections Against Toxic Coal Ash | Dive Into Democracy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attempting to roll back important public protections from coal ash, a toxic waste that contaminates water with dangerous heavy metals and puts communities at risk around the nation. EPA’s dangerous proposal would weaken the requirements for monitoring, preventing, and cleaning up groundwater pollution from coal ash and allow ...


Congress sold out rural citizens and their communities | Dive Into Democracy

On Friday, the President signed into law the fiscal year 2018 spending package, narrowly avoiding another government shutdown. The package does not include most of the bad environmental riders that we have been tracking and opposing. It also keeps funding for EPA at the current $8.1 billion, rejecting President Trump’s proposed 30 percent cut. Unfortunately, ...


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Thank You for a Year of Diving Into Democracy

One year ago Waterkeeper Alliance launched “Dive Into Democracy,” a weekly roundup of current attacks on America’s clean water protections. We realized shortly after the 2017 inauguration that our democracy is becoming increasingly corrupted by industrial polluters that use their power and wealth to sway elected officials in their favor. We hoped that Dive Into ...


Endangered Species Need Our Help | Dive Into Democracy

Have you ever wondered what that strange-looking fish portrayed in Waterkeeper Alliance’s logo is? It is an Atlantic sturgeon! Atlantic sturgeon have changed so little since the time of the dinosaurs that they are considered “living fossils,” and can get up to fifteen feet in length and live as long as sixty years. These fish ...