News Release | Environment America

Agribusiness Lobby Fights Against Clean Water

Big agribusiness interests are among the largest roadblocks to clean water in the United States, according to a new report by Environment America. The report, “Growing Influence: The Political Power of Agribusiness and the Fouling of America’s Waterways,” released today, comes days after the U.S. House voted to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with measures to protect America’s waterways from unlimited pollution. 

News Release | Environment America

Maryland Environmental Group Responds to Revised Bay Cleanup Plan

Today Maryland agencies submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revised plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay. The plan is publicly available at this website and is part of the bay-wide "pollution diet," a collaborative effort between federal and state partners aimed at restoring the bay and its source waters. After an initial review of the plan, Environment Maryland Policy Advocate Tommy Landers issued this statement.

Report | Environment America

Corporate Agribusiness and America’s Waterways

Pollution from agribusiness is responsible for some of America’s most intractable water quality problems – including the “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie, and the pollution of countless streams and lakes with nutrients, bacteria, sediment and pesticides.

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Corporate Agribusiness and America’s Waterways Report Highlights 8 Companies’ Role in Pollution

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several states consider action on factory farm pollution, Environment America released a report, Corporate Agribusiness and America’s Waterways, examining the role of corporate agribusiness in the pollution of waterways from the Chesapeake Bay to the Mississippi River. The group called for industrial firms like Perdue, Tyson and Cargill to be held accountable for the waste from their livestock.

News Release | Environment America

Our Great Waters: A Call to Action

As Congress is poised, for the first time ever, to consider a package of bills aimed at restoring waterways across the nation, Environment America today released "Our Great Waters" - a report highlighting the value of these waters, challenges they face, and how the legislation would address those challenges. Next week, the Senate Environment and Public Works committee will vote a number of the bills referenced in this report. 

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Our Great Waters

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Puget Sound to the Great Lakes to the San Francisco Bay, Americans throughout the country depend on our waters for fishing, recreation and clean drinking water. These waters are the home to some of our most cherished wildlife, like orcas, blue crabs and bald eagles. American families from coast to coast travel to our great waters every summer to relax and enjoy some of nature’s wonders. 

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Chairman Oberstar Takes Action to Protect American Waters

Chairman Jim Oberstar (MN – D) introduced the America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act today, a bi-partisan bill that would restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of streams across the country and the drinking water for millions of Americans. Environment America applauded Chairman Oberstar for his continued leadership on protecting and cleaning America’s waterways.

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Great Lakes Supporters Unveil Bipartisan Restoration Bill

Today, Senators Carl Levin (MI), George Voinovich (OH) and several other members of Congress announced the introduction of a bipartisan bill to authorize several programs to protect and restore the Great Lakes and provide $650 million annually in funding. The Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2010 will fund projects to remove contaminated sediments from the lakes, control invasive species, reduce pollution and restore fish and wildlife habitat.

Report | Environment America

Courting Disaster: How the Supreme Court Has Broken the Clean Water Act and Why Congress Must Fix It

For decades, the Clean Water Act protected the Nation’s surface water bodies from unregulated pollution and rescued them from the crisis status they were in during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Now these vital protections are being lost. This report details the threat to our Nation’s waters by examining dozens of case studies, and highlights the urgent need for Congress to restore full Clean Water Act protections to our waters.

Report | Environment America

Toxic Chemicals 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.i  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. 

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