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We helped win the biggest step forward for clean water in a decade

Over half of the nation’s streams, which feed drinking water sources for one in three Americans, will regain federal protections under a final rule signed by the Obama administration. The measure restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams and headwaters that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years. Environment America and allies gathered more than 800,000 comments and held more than half a million face-to-face conversations about the need to close the loophole in the Clean Water Act. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

News Release | Environment America

Clean Water Rule goes into effect today, protecting wetlands & streams

Washington, DC – Developers can no longer pave over wetlands and oil companies can no longer dump into streams unheeded, thanks to the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule that goes into effect in all but 13 states today.

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A decade of recovery: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, extreme weather events are affecting us all | Katie Hammer

10 years ago this week, our country was shocked by Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters ever to touch the U.S. In the following decade, too many people, including myself, have been affected by global warming-fueled extreme weather events. We touch upon the growing saga of how Americans are affected by climate change and ask you to contribute your story.

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama Announces Major Initiatives Expanding Access to Clean Local Power

This afternoon President Obama announced a number of bold initiatives designed to boost clean onsite and distributed energy; such as solar, small
wind and energy efficiency.

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News Release | Environment America

Restricting methane pollution important band-aid, but not a cure for climate crisis

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today the Obama administration proposed first-ever limits on oil and gas emissions of methane - the greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. Drilling and fracking operations are the single largest source of the pollutant, which accounts for about 9 percent of U.S. global warming pollution.

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News Release | Environment America

Conservation groups: no drilling auction until parks program is renewed

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Led by “the spirit of Teddy Roosevelt,” representatives of Environment America, Care2.com, Gulf Restoration Network and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade today delivered more than 64,000 petition signatures to the office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), calling on the agency to postpone a planned Wednesday auction of offshore oil and gas drilling leases until a critical parks program is reauthorized and fully funded by Congress. 

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