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The Latest On: Clean Water

June 21, 2010 | Case

Protecting Stream Flows in Hawaii

The county of Maui approved an environmental impact statement for a new water treatment plant that short-changed both the citizens of the island and the wildlife that depend on the water. Earthjustice represented two community groups in challenging the EIS, and the county agreed to withdraw its approval.

June 3, 2010 | Feature

Background on Na Wai `Eha

"The Four Great Waters" have major cultural and environmental importance to the people of Maui, including the growing of taro and the support of healthy fisheries.

May 24, 2010 | Video

Flyover of Seattle, WA Cement Kilns

Two cement kilns, located just outside of downtown Seattle, WA, are significant sources of mercury pollution in the area. Mercury emissions from these sites impact hundreds of thousands of people around the Puget Sound area. Toxic levels of mercury in fish affect everyone, especially children and pregnant women.

May 24, 2010 | Video

Flyover of Cupertino, CA Cement Kiln

This video features the Cupertino cement kiln, located just outside San Francisco, CA. Mercury emissions from this site impact hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay Area. Toxic levels of mercury in fish affect everyone, especially children and pregnant women.

November 10, 2009 | Case

Protecting Pennsylvania Waters From Fracking

Pennsylvania was permitting discharges of fracking wastewater into the state’s waterways. Earthjustice fought the practice and won—securing new protections and establishing a strong precedent for similar fights across the state.

July 8, 2009 | Case

Protecting Water from Industrial Ag Overuse

Earthjustice represented dryland wheat farmers in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court challenging a plan to allow cattle ranchers to pump vast amounts of water from wells to water their cattle.

February 25, 2009 | Case

Anacostia River: Sediment Pollution Limits

Not so long ago, the Anacostia River was the pride of the District of Columbia. But today, it's been described as one of the dirtiest rivers in America due to outdated and poor-functioning sewer systems. State and federal governments failed to protect this cherished watershed. Working with civic and conservation groups, Earthjustice has undertaken numerous initiatives to protect the Anacostia.

December 19, 2008 | Case

Keeping Lake Tahoe Blue

Earthjustice has filed several challenges to protect Lake Tahoe’s famed clarity, which has been clouded by increased human activity and urban development.

July 17, 2008 | Case

De-Sliming Florida’s Waterways

Florida waterways are choked by toxic green slime, thanks to sewage, fertilizer and animal waste runoff. Earthjustice is seeking protections under the Clean Water Act to clean up the dangerous mess that is tarnishing one of the nation’s greatest water states.

October 13, 2006 | Video

Klamath River Fish Kill of 2002

The news started coming in on a late September Saturday in 2002. Hundreds of salmon, maybe thousands of salmon, were floating belly-up in the lower Klamath River. The first emails were tentative, as folks in northern California wrote "we think there's a fish kill going on." By Monday, no one was using the word "think." The count of dead fish was in the thousands and rising; people said you could smell the river way before you could see it—the stench of dead salmon hanging in the hot California air.