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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

Obama fortifies conservation legacy with CA monuments, but hopefully he's not done yet

PALM SPRINGS, CA – President Obama designates three new national monuments in the fragile California desert today, Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument. The move protects 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, desert grasslands, and a wide range of recreational and cultural activities in 1.8 million acres of Mojave and Sonoran Desert landscapes, between Los Angeles and the Nevada border.

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News Release | Environment America

"Keep it in the Ground" Act will protect natural areas, climate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today Congressman Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) introduced the Keep It in the Ground Act, a House counterpart to the bill introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) last November. The Keep It in the Ground Act would accelerate the transition to clean energy by ending all federal leases, for oil, gas, or coal extraction on public lands and waters.

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News Release | Environment America

Solar Now Employs Over 200,000 Americans

WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Foundation released its 2015 solar jobs census today, showing 208,859 Americans now work in the solar energy sector. The solar jobs number represents a 20.2 percent increase from the previous year – the third consecutive year that solar jobs have grown by 20 percent or more.

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News Release | Environment America

In huge blow to climate action, Supreme Court pauses Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Supreme Court delivered a major blow to the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s plan to tackle climate change today, announcing it will put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan on hold while it hears lawsuits from polluters and their allies in state government who want to kill the rule.

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News Release | Environment America

President Obama's budget gets an A minus

WASHINGTON, DC -- Overall, President Obama’s budget gets an A minus," said Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America. "It's fantastic news for climate action, clean energy, and our national parks; but there is one piece of bad news that really stings: the proposal decreases clean water funding just as the Flint crisis makes clear that we can’t take safe drinking water for granted."

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