Clean water

If we want a greener, healthier world we need to protect our rivers, lakes and streams.

Clean water is vital to ecosystems, to our health, and our quality of life. But too many of our rivers, lakes and streams are vulnerable to pollution. This pollution, along with outdated infrastructure – like lead pipes in our schools – puts our health at risk. We need to work together to protect our waters.

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New map shows top 10 toxic water polluters in California

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New map shows top 10 toxic water polluters in California

LOS ANGELES --Just 10 facilities are responsible for nearly all of the reports of toxic substances dumped into California waterways in 2020. These serial polluters are spotlighted in a new interactive map released Tuesday by CALPIRG Education Fund and Environment California Research and Policy Center. Derived from the groups’ 2022 Wasting Our Waterways report, the new map shows the oil refineries and other facilities that told the EPA they collectively spewed more than 2.3 million pounds of toxic industrial water pollution in 2020. The waterways bearing the brunt of this pollution include parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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