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We went to court to defend clean water. And we won.

These are extraordinarily challenging times. Many of us are grieving losses large and small, and are filled with anxiety about the future. But the Sierra Club continues to work for a future that includes everything we need to flourish — a stable climate, clean air and water, clean energy, and thriving wildlife and public lands […]

May 2nd

Game changer: Ohio voters approve legal rights for Lake Erie (“If corporations have rights…”)

Voters in Toledo, Ohio, voted overwhelmingly to approve the so-called Lake Erie Bill Of  Rights— a declaration that the lake, which supplies drinking water to Toledo and many surrounding communities, has the legal right to be protected from harm from human activity. The final tally was 61% in favor of the charter amendment and 39% opposed. […]

March 1st

Environmental Justice: Should Lake Erie have legal rights to clean water?

Something unprecedented is happening in Toledo, Ohio. On February 26, voters there will be asked to approve the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (starts on page 4), a ballot initiative that would make it possible for citizens to sue those who pollute the lake for damages. The proposal is controversial, quite possibly unconstitutional, but passionately supported by […]

February 19th

The best medicine for Flint – and America

By Michael Brune Dxecutive Director, Sierra Club You have to look hard for good news about the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan — but it’s there. There was last Sunday’s #JusticeForFlint benefit show, which set out to raise $100,000 and netted close to $150,000 with a surprise appearance by Stevie Wonder. The event, which featured […]

March 3rd

Does California’s WaterFix plan violate the Clean Water Act?

By Dan Bacher Environmental and fishing groups today alerted the Federal and State agencies responsible for issuing permits before any construction of the Delta Tunnels can start that the controversial WaterFix project will violate the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). A 15-page letter from the groups documents multiple violations of the landmark CWA if the […]

October 7th

ACTION: Interior Secretary should reject California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

By Dan Bacher The Environmental Water Caucus, a coalition including the California Sportfishing Protection Aliance (CSPA) and other fishing groups, environmental organizations, businesses and the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, recently submitted a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, urging her to reject the Delta Water Tunnels. “By the end of 2015, state and federal […]

September 26th

Why are MI and IN GOP trying to wreck cleanup of Chesapeake Bay?

Opposition to Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan by Michigan and Indiana Could Hamper Great Lakes Protection Efforts CHICAGO — The Chesapeake Bay is worlds away from the freshwater Great Lakes, yet that hasn’t stopped the attorneys general of Michigan and Indiana from inserting themselves into a legal battle there and siding with opponents of a plan to […]

February 25th

More bad news for West Virginia – formaldehyde in the water, scientists are “scared”

by Meteor Blades David Gutman at the Charleston Gazette, which has been doing an excellent job covering the chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, reports another disturbing development: A Marshall University environmental scientist and member of the state Environmental Quality Board said today that he has found formaldehyde in local water samples and that the continued lack of […]

January 29th

Coal Mine For Bryce Canyon? Redford says, “Just say NO”.

The state of Utah has approved an open-pit coal mine to be located just 10 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park. GOP Governor Gary Herbert got the permit fast-tracked… after meeting with the mine’s developers and taking a $10,000 campaign contribution. “A strip mine is not the sort of canyon tourists are flocking to see,” […]

December 13th