News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

America’s Waterways received 226 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals

Five states—Indiana,  Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, and Georgia—account for forty percent of the total amountof toxic discharges to U.S. waterways in 2010, according to a new report released today by Environment America. Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act also reports that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Takes Important Step toward Protecting America’s Waterways

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Puget Sound to the many smaller waters in between, America’s waterways are today one step closer to protection under the Clean Water Act, as the Obama administration is now in the final stage of issuing guidelines to restore critical Clean Water Act protections to the nation’s waterways.

News Release | Environment Arizona

Environmental Day Brings Over 100 Citizen Advocates to the Capitol

Today at the Arizona State Capitol, more than 100 people from 25 different legislative districts and representing more than 20 groups met with their state legislators in support of environmental protection and conservation programs.

News Release | Environment America

Leaders of Nation’s Environmental Organizations Urge President to Restore Critical Protections to America’s Waterways


Nineteen leaders of the nation’s largest environmental organizations sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to restore critical Clean Water Act protections to America’s waterways by finalizing proposed guidelines and conducting a rulemaking in 2012.


News Release | Environment Colorado

Over 100 Public Leaders, Business Owners, Local Farmers Call for Protections for Colorado’s Rivers

State Senator Lucia Guzman, Commerce City Mayor Pro Tem Dominick Moreno, Dvorak Expeditions owner Bill Dvorak, and Confluence Kayaks owner Alex Manzo joined Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center at the Colorado State Capitol to call on President Barack Obama to restore Clean Water Act protections to the Colorado River and waterways across Colorado and the country.

Report | Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center

Toxics on Tap: How Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Drinking Water

Humans need very few things to survive: air, shelter, food, and water. Fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas) pollute the air with smog, soot and global warming pollution, but their effect on water is often overlooked. Natural gas, which the industry touts as the “cleanest of all fossil fuels,” threatens to dirty drinking water with toxic chemicals used in drilling.1 Rivers, lakes and groundwater already face threats from industrial pollution, agricultural runoff, and overdevelopment. Adding an unnecessary threat to one of the most valuable resources is dangerous. The government must act to safeguard drinking water.

News Release | Environment America

America’s Waterways under Attack by Senators Barrasso and Heller

This week, the U.S. Senate could vote on an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that would put the health of America’s waterways like the Everglades, the Colorado River, and the Chesapeake Bay at risk.  If passed, the amendment introduced by Senators John Barrasso (WY) and Dean Heller (NV) would block the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA from restoring the Clean Water Act, leaving the drinking water of 117 million Americans vulnerable to polluters. 

News Release | Environment America

U.S. EPA Proposes Protections against Air Pollution from Oil and Gas Industry

As U.S. EPA held a public hearing today in Pittsburgh, Environment America praised the agency’s proposed rules to curb air pollution from oil and gas operations as part of an urgently needed response to the public health threats posed by ‘fracking’.

News Release | Environment America

Senate Must Craft Energy & Water Bill that Protects Health and the Environment

Today, the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations subcommittee will mark-up a bill to fund federal water and energy programs. In July, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill (HR 2354). The House bill made large cuts to the Department of Energy budget, especially to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Additionally, the bill contained a rider that would block the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing new Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Environment America Says DOE Panel Offers Good First Steps on Fracking, But Concludes Moratorium Still Needed to Protect Environment and Health

The report released yesterday by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Subcommittee on Shale Gas Production includes good first steps to reduce some of the harms of hydraulic fracturing, but the group concludes that a moratorium is still necessary to protect the environment and public health.