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WATER

RESTORE THE STREAM PROTECTION RULE

Nearly 70% of Americans believe the federal government should be doing more to safeguard our bodies of water. One way to do that is to restore the Stream Protection Rule. This rule prohibited coal corporations from dumping waste into waterways and streams. Approximately 6,000 miles of American streams, including more than 50,000 acres of surrounding forests, have seen waste dumped in them by coal companies. Local ecosystems are devastated. Plus, toxic metals that are dumped into streams can have severe health impacts for those who come into contact with this water. We know this from Flint, Michigan. This needs to stop!

Tell your elected officials in Washington to defend our access to clean drinking water by bringing back this rule.

 

CONGRESS: WE MUST PASS THE WATER ACT

Flint, Michigan, is not the only U.S. city suffering with lead in their water. It's happening all across the U.S. Thousands of neighborhoods are experiencing systematic neglect and basic infrastructure failure. Over 3,000 American neighborhoods have childhood lead poisoning rates at least double those in Flint during the peak of its contamination crisis. Our legislators must act.

One way to act is to pass the WATER act.

In 2016, Congress gave $170 million in aid to Flint. But the CDC (Center for Disease Control) received only one-tenth of that. The CDC covers the entire country.

The WATER Act would provide $35 billion a year in federal funding to improve community drinking water and wastewater services. It would also porovide grants to replace lead service lines going into homes and remove lead pipes and plumbing in schools. Wells in homes would also be replaced. We need this improvement across the board in American cities, and we need it now. Please get involved.

Contact your elected officials in Washington, and tell them to pass the WATER Act.

Thank you.

SINGLE-USE PLASTIC IN OUR OCEANS

Single-use plastic is choking our oceans. It's thought that the equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters the ocean every single minute harming marine life like seabirds, turtles, fish and whales. We can make it stop by getting corporate offenders (and ourselves) to change their/our habits.

Here's how you can help:

--Don't use plastic straws. Use paper straws in soda's, etc. Urge fast-food restaurants to use paper straws as well.

--When you buy six-packs and they come in plastic rings, cut the rings up before you throw them away. Sea life gets their heads stuck in those rings. Of course, it's better not to purchase pop/soda/beer at all if it's sold with plastic rings.

--If you eat yogurt, crush the cups before you throw them away. Again, sea life can get their heads stuck in those cups. It's certain death for the animal if this happens.

--Plastic sandwich bags need to be cut up as well (or torn).

There are many more suggestions, but these four are enough for now. Thank you for taking action and please spread the word to your networks.

 

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--Question: Approximately how long does it take for a plastic water bottle to decompose?

Answer: According to the EPA, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose. Differenct kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is 450 years. By one estimate, approximately 50 billion bottles of water are consumed per year in the United States and around 200 billion bottles globally.

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--The majority of tap water contains plastic pollutants, according to an Orb Media study, which found synthetic fibers in 83% of 159 drinking-water samples from around the world. Scientists are unsure of the health implications.

--Find out about water in your area: http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm

--Visit http://water.org