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We helped mobilize 800,000 Americans to stand up for clean water

Polluting industries have put our nation's waters in jeopardy by carving loopholes in the Clean Water Act, leaving 2 million miles of America's streams open to pollution. Environment America took our case to the Obama administration, urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters. We helped mobilize more than 800,000 Americans, including more than 400 mayors and other local officials, to join our call for action. Learn about our Clean Water for America campaign here. 

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Obama: Keystone pipeline has “earned my veto”

President Obama vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have approved the Keystone XL pipeline, making good on a threat to reject a proposal embraced by Republicans as a jobs measure but opposed by environmentalists as contributing to climate change.

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Enviros “auction” Grand Canyon to illustrate threat to public lands

A conservation group held a mock “auction” of the Grand Canyon Wednesday to illustrate what they said could happen if Congress strips the president’s authority to identify and protect national monuments.

The event came one week after President Barack Obama designated three new national monuments in Colorado, Hawaii and Illinois. The president is also considering such a designation for the 1.7 million acre watershed surrounding the Grand Canyon.

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Polluting Politics

Koch Industries topped the list of large-scale industrial water polluters spending money on lobbying in 2014, shelling out a whopping $13.8 million, according to a new report. The enormous spending came after facilities owned by Koch Industries and their subsidiaries dumped more than 6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the nation’s waterways in 2012. 

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Fishing, rafting in Browns Canyon protected for future generations

Chicago, Ill. - Browns Canyon, a popular spot for trout fishing and whitewater rafting in central Colorado, along with historical sites in Hawaii and Illinois, will gain permanent protection as National Monuments at a ceremony today in Chicago. President Obama’s action preserves more than 20,000 rugged canyon acres surrounding the Arkansas River, a beloved area home to gold medal trout, black bears, and stunning vistas. 

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Homegrown Solar Jobs Flourishing in Illinois

The sun is shining on solar power in Illinois.

A new report ranks the state 12th nationally for the number of people employed in the solar industry, up from 20th in 2013. According to The Solar Foundation, 1,700 solar jobs were added last year, bringing the total to 3,800 in Illinois.

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