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Putting Drinking Water First to Address Nutrient Pollution “Nutrient pollution remains one of the greatest challenges to our Nation’s water quality and presents a growing threat to public health and local economies — contributing to toxic harmful algal blooms,...
Letter to the House – Oppose Any Environmental Rollbacks in the Water Resources Development Act of 2018
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By Rob Moore Originally published here Over the next few decades, the United States is facing a $1 trillion shortfall in water infrastructure funding. To close this gap, more federal funding is needed. States could be doing much more to leverage federal funding they...
By Chione L. Flegal Originally posted here. For decades community leaders and environmental justice advocates have worked to bring attention to the water problems impacting low-income communities and communities of color across California. Together they have secured...
The bottom line is this: you’re either for clean water or you’re not. You stand with people across the country to safeguard drinking water sources or you want to protect the profits of special interests and corporate polluters.
Letter to the House on the FY 2019 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill: Please Oppose the Dirty Water Rider
It’s really this simple: a vote for this rider is a vote against clean water, a vote to expose even more communities to unsafe drinking water, a vote to limit the scope of the Clean Water Act, and a vote to allow polluters to destroy our precious waterways. Enough is enough: it’s time for Congress to stand up to protect clean water.
National Infrastructure Week: Equitable Infrastructure Investments Can Transform Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color
May 14, 2018 By Chione L. Flegal Originally posted here At PolicyLink, we know that smart, targeted, equitable investments in infrastructure can have a transformative impact on low-income communities and communities of color. That’s why we are excited to join equity...
Increase the Flow: The Need for Stronger Investment in Water Infrastructure and the Impact on Underserved Communities
By: Sara Schwartz, Science Network Mentor Program Participant, The Union of Concerned Scientists When news of the Flint water crisis broke headlines, 21 million people across the country relied on water systems that violated health standards. Unsurprisingly,...
Reports on the infrastructure proposal indicate the administration intends to dismantle bedrock conservation laws in the name of rebuilding. The administration argues that these rollbacks are necessary to expedite these projects. This is a false choice. To allow these rollbacks is to risk losing our natural, historical and cultural heritage our nation sought to preserve in the first place.
Earthjustice – Congress Should Support An Infrastructure Plan That Builds Infrastructure — Not Guts Health & Environmental Protections
This isn’t an infrastructure plan; it’s a cheap excuse to gut health and environmental safeguards that protect communities from dangerous, ill-conceived and poorly constructed projects.
“America is long, long overdue for smart, forward-thinking infrastructure investments, but the administration’s proposal badly misses the mark and reads more like a strategy to gut clean air, water, and wildlife protections, while silencing local voices, than a serious effort to rebuild America’s infrastructure.”
This isn’t a plan, it’s a scam to sell off our roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure to wealthy corporations while gutting the bedrock laws that have protected our water, air, and health for decades.
We don’t have to choose between fixing our crumbling infrastructure and having clean air and water, yet Trump’s infrastructure plan is nothing more than another scam that would destroy our environment, privatize our public works, increase taxes on the middle class, and bulldoze communities’ ability to have a say in the projects happening in their own backyard. Never mind that it does nothing to prioritize communities that need the most help, move our country toward a clean energy future, or plan for a changing climate.
This is a bill designed to eliminate environmental protections and fork over billions in taxpayer dollars to big corporations that has been dressed up as an ‘infrastructure proposal’ to trick the public. This is not a serious proposal to make the investments America’s infrastructure needs — this is a scam designed to gut clean air, water, and wildlife protections, transform public highways and bridges into privately owned toll roads, and sell off America’s public lands
The waiting is over and the result is painful. For a little over a year, the current administration has alluded to plans to address the nation’s infrastructure crisis. The allusions have become real and reveals contempt for people of color, poor and working-class communities, and the middle class.
Unfortunately, the infrastructure plan released this week by President Trump falls far short on all three counts. It passes the buck to states and local governments to carry the weight of investment, mentions little to assure workers that jobs created will be quality jobs, does not guarantee that projects will be required to use American products, and fails to consider the added strain climate change will put on our infrastructure in the future.
The proposed budget is an attack on many government-funded programs and resources that millions of American citizens depend on for their health and well-being.
“This action is unwise, harms the public, and violates the law. We will challenge the administration in court and look forward to defending clean water for families and communities,”