Global warming is already impacting California in devastating ways. In 2018, wildfires ravaged the state, with the deadliest wildfire in history, the Camp Fire, killing at least 85 people, and the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state, the Mendocino Complex, burning almost half a million acres. For nearly seven years, the state has been experiencing a drought, which has greatly impacted agriculture and water resources. At the same time, rising sea levels threaten coastal communities with flooding, erosion and mudslides.
Environment America Research & Policy Center and our state partners today issued our report and recommendations to address threats to Delaware River watershed water quality, based on its first-of-its-kind interactive map of the Delaware River watershed. The report, “Threats to Clean Water in the Delaware River Basin: Insights from the Interactive Online Map & Recommendations,” urges policymakers to use the full suite of tools under the Clean Water Act to protect the Delaware River watershed. The report comes on the heels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal to dramatically scale back streams and wetlands under federal protection.
Today, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution that funds the government into February, but fails to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a successful bipartisan conservation and recreation program that has funded projects in all 50 states since it began in 1965.
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Federal Action Plan to Reduce Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts. John Rumpler, director of Environment America’s Clean Water for America campaign, made the following statement in response:
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