2/23/10  Op-Ed by United Farm Workers president Arturo Rodriguez, who says the UFW's reason for opposing the bond: We don't believe that the giant agriculture corporations should get more subsidized water until farmworkers get the right to protect themselves, including the right to clean and fresh drinking water. Read Full Article


2/28/10  Thousands of the nation’s largest water polluters are outside the Clean Water Act’s reach because the Supreme Court has left uncertain which waterways are protected by that law, according to interviews with regulators. As a result, some businesses are declaring that the law no longer applies to them. And pollution rates are rising.

About 117 million Americans get their drinking water from sources fed by waters that are vulnerable to exclusion from the Clean Water Act, according to E.P.A. reports. Read Full Article

2/17/10  Across the country, stormwater runoff hammers thousands of rivers, streams and lakes. Communities are left to struggle with the consequences of too much pavement and too little oversight. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is gearing up to tighten federal stormwater rules that have been criticized by environmental groups and deemed ineffective by a national panel of researchers. Read Full Article

On January 21, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. squared off with the CEO of Massey Energy, 4th largest coal company in the U.S., in a debate over mountaintop removal.   Watch the Debate


Kennedy: “Don says we have to choose between environmental protection on the one hand and economic prosperity on the other. 
I say that’s a false choice, and 100% of the times, good environmental policy is identical good economic policy.”
Blankenship:"You talk about it being a sin to do surface mining, the real sin is that the enviros want to focus us on1 part per million of iron or talk about windmills when tens of millions of people are starving to death.”

California uses plenty of coal-produced electricity, mostly from power plants in the Four Corners region. For info on the environmental impacts of coal mining and coal-fired power plants, visit the Waterkeeper Alliance's Clean Energy campaign and the Sierra Club's Coal Free California.

In June 2009, the Waterkeeper Alliance held its annual conference in New York. Humboldt Baykeeper Executive Director Pete Nichols got the opportunity to see this year's keynote speaker Bill Clinton, and now you can too. Watch Clinton's speech to the Waterkeeper Alliance here.