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Water in a Changing World

Water will be one of the major environmental issues of the 21st century. It's a natural resource that’s already in short supply across parts of the United States and the world -- and will become even scarcer as our population grows and our climate changes. NRDC is focused on ensuring that the water we have stays clean, that we use it efficiently, and that we build the infrastructure to keep it that way.

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Another Year of "Regulatory Flexibility" in Response to California's Drought May Lead to Extinction

Posted January 22, 2016 by Doug Obegi

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More than 40 years ago, a bipartisan Congress enacted - and President Nixon signed into law - the Endangered Species Act. The Act effectively declares that human beings have a moral obligation not to so fundamentally alter the Earth that...continued

California's Golden Opportunity to Create a Sustainable Water Future

Posted December 14, 2015 by Anna Wearn

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A Historic Challenge "The Drought" has been a topic of constant conversation in California. In fact, more than 75% of Californian's perceive the state's water shortage as an extremely serious problem, according to recent polls. And with good reason. Water...continued

Drought Rider Jeopardizes California Salmon and other Endangered Species

Posted December 7, 2015 by Doug Obegi

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A draft drought rider to the omnibus appropriations bill, which was leaked to the press last week, proposes to significantly weaken environmental protections for salmon and other endangered species in California's Bay-Delta estuary. Numerous provisions of the bill would undermine...continued

Please Tell Senators You Support Clean Water

Posted December 1, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Readers of my blog (hi, Mom!) will recall that the Senate recently voted on two measures to gut the landmark Clean Water Rule and to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from adequately protecting critical water...continued

Making Sense of the Clean Water Rule is Easy

Posted November 17, 2015 by Jon Devine

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One of the most often-repeated attacks from politicians who don't support the Clean Water Rule - the initiative finalized this summer that enhances pollution protections for streams, wetlands, and ponds around the country - is that it is supposedly too...continued

Clean Water Rule Survives Senate Effort to Kill It

Posted November 3, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Today, the Republican-led Senate tried and failed to kill the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers' Clean Water Rule. The rule, which was finalized in June and which clarifies what water bodies get the protections of the landmark...continued

Halloween Trick: Act Now to Stop Two-Headed Senate Monster's Attacks on Clean Water

Posted October 30, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Next week, the U.S. Senate is planning to consider two pieces of legislation that would eviscerate protections for the nation's streams, lakes, and wetlands. Both of these measures target the Clean Water Rule, the Obama administration's landmark initiative to restore...continued

Why NRDC Opposes the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Posted October 30, 2015 by Doug Obegi

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Today, in partnership with several conservation and fishing organizations, NRDC submitted extensive comments on the latest environmental analysis of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which has been rebranded as the California WaterFix (this is the state's latest proposal to...continued

Let's Be Honest About Environmental Safeguards

Posted October 6, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Having watched Wyoming Senator John Barrasso deliver the weekly address for his fellow Republicans, I'm not surprised that politicians have a popular reputation for exaggeration. Senator Barrasso took aim at federal requirements - particularly those that implement the Clean Air...continued

Clean Water Rule Litigation Update: Let's All Just Take a Breath

Posted August 28, 2015 by Jon Devine

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If you're following the legal fallout from the Obama Administration's finalization of its initiative to protect critical streams and wetlands - called the Clean Water Rule - you were probably on the lookout for action this week. (And, you're a...continued

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