Environment America Blog

Without wetlands, ducks would be, well, sitting ducks. All of North America’s duck and goose species depend on wetland habitats for breeding, rearing, and/or for resting and foraging along their migratory flyways.  Despite the many important reasons for protecting our remaining wetlands, in the last decade, wetlands have actually lost protection. 

This summer, hundreds of thousands of millennials – and others – will flock to music festivals across the country.

Festival attendees might not usually consider environmental impact when buying tickets, but some of them are making cool changes to go green this summer. We took a look at what these festivals are doing and ranked them by how environmentally-friendly they are. 

Solar power is on the rise across America – increasing 350 times since 2002.
Major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Our new report, Shining Cities:
Harnessing the Benefits of Solar Energy in America, shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are
driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment,
public health and the economy. Investing in local solar power installations can help cities and their
residents keep more of their energy dollars at home, creating good local jobs.
Here are some tips for how your city can follow suit.

Americans care about clean water for a whole host of reasons – fishing and swimming, protecting wildlife, and safe drinking water. But as I was reminded last week by Jenn Vervier at New Belgium Brewing, clean water is also vital for excellent beer.  Understanding that great beer takes great water, many of America’s breweries have come out in support of the proposed clean water rule. Noticeably absent from the list of the rule’s supporters, however, is America’s biggest brewery: Anheuser-Busch. 

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

More than 40 years ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act with a clear goal of making all of our rivers, lakes, streams, and other waters clean. Most Americans would be appalled to learn that a set of Supreme Court decisions created an open question as to whether thousands of our streams and wetlands across the country remain protected by the Act.

Last Tuesday the city of Santa Cruz became the 50th city in California to live plastic bag free. I am really excited about local bans for 3 reasons.

Across the country, 60 percent of our streams, 117 million Americans’ drinking water, and 20 million acres of wetlands lack adequate protection from pollution. President Obama took a step toward fixing this last year by proposing new guidelines to restore these protections, and we have played a huge role in making this happened. But the protections have not been finalized yet.

From the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and all the smaller rivers, lakes and streams in between, America’s waterways are incredibly popular, irreplaceable treasures. Furthermore, protecting our water from pollution consistently polls as one of the most important environmental issues in America.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is embarking on a planning process that will set the course for the utility’s energy development over the next several decades. Environment California is urging the utility to develop and implement a comprehensive clean energy plan.

Great news for the ocean: McDonald's, arguably America's most iconic fastfood chain, is launching a pilot program to phase out Styrofoam coffee cups.