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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. 

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Report names top water polluters

An AK Steel Holding Corp. facility released more than 24.3 million pounds of chemicals into the Ohio River in 2010, the most of any one facility in the U.S., according to a report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center.

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Protecting America’s Waterways: Good Policy, Good Politics | Shelley Vinyard

From the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and all the smaller rivers, lakes and streams in between, America’s waterways are incredibly popular, irreplaceable treasures. Furthermore, protecting our water from pollution consistently polls as one of the most important environmental issues in America.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Bainbridge Bans Plastic Bags

Last night, the Bainbridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning single-use plastic bags. Of the more than fifteen people who testified for the ordinance, only one was in opposition. The measure is aimed at cutting pollution in Puget Sound and the Ocean where plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon.  In 2010, a beached grey whale in West Seattle was found with 20 plastic bags in its stomach, highlighting this terrible problem.

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News Release | Environment California

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Signs New Solar Program into Law

More of those flat warehouse rooftops baking in the Los Angeles sun are soon to become mini-solar electricity power plants thanks to a new law signed today by Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Report: Rock River 10th most polluted in U.S.

The Rock River is the 10th most polluted river in the United States according to a report by Environment America.

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