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This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever

Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important than ever.

Our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter “a new geologic age” — a “planetary transformation” akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. This is according to 500 renowned scientists brought together in Bonn at […]

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Meet the 13-Year-Old Taking On Bottled Water

AlterNet/By Maude Barlow, published Sept. 6, 2012 We should be encouraging the youth in our society to do exactly what Robyn is doing — engaging in local politics, acting to protect the environment and questioning the world around her. In the last year, municipalities across Ontario and the rest of the country have begun taking a much-needed stand to protect local water sources. Since World Water Day in 2011, nine municipalities across Canada have become Blue […]

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Movement to Banish Copper from Brake Pads Gains Momentum

By JIM MOTAVALLI, New York Times Feburary 3, 2012

Government at the state and federal levels has been preoccupied with improving the fuel economy of the nation’s fleet. Smaller environmental causes are also in the mix, including mercury in car switches and lead weights used to balance auto wheels.

Add to these copper brake pads, which produce metal dust that environmental advocates say reaches waterways and harms aquatic life.

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Portland leaders cheer decision to let city avoid treating Bull Run water, saving ratepayers millions

Jamie Francis/ The Oregonian Drinking water flows from the Bull Run watershed near Mount Hood to Portland and suburban communities. The gauge measures water levels. On Tuesday, Portland officials welcomed news that state authorities would let Portland skip building an expensive treatment plant in the Bull Run.

Oregon officials announced Tuesday that they plan to let Portland skip federally mandated water treatment in the Bull Run watershed, saving water ratepayers from Gresham to Tigard upward of $68 million.

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Banning Corporate Personhood: How Communities Are Taking the Law Back from Big Companies

Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund explains how communities can fight corporate power with a new legal weapon. Defending Water comment: Well, not entirely new. Shapleigh and Newfield have used this weapon in ordinances they passed in 2009 to keep Nestle from taking their water. If frackers come to Maine wanting to extract natural gas from shale rock by fracturing rock using water laced with toxic chemicals, we need to be ready! Ben, speaking at a community […]

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Town of Wales, New York, Adopts Community Rights Ordinance That Bans “Fracking”

Defending Water Congratulates Wales, New York, for protecting their community and their water from the destructive gas drilling practice known as “fracking” which injects water laced with toxic chemicals into the ground to release natural gas from shale rock. “This local law embodies the will of our residents to protect our natural resources from destruction, so our children and grandchildren can have the quality of life we enjoy.” – Councilmember Mike Simon The Ordinance includes a local “bill of rights” […]

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