July 15th, 2009
Yesterday Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced H.R.3203, the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act. We know this as the Clean Water Trust Fund!
After years of work, we finally have bill that would establish a dedicated, firewalled source of funding for water infrastructure.
Here‚ how the Fund would work:
The Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund would be established in the U.S. Treasury. Money from the Trust Fund would be distributed to the states for loans and grants to localities that need to make repairs, improvements, or build new infrastructure. At the same time, the bill allocates funding for green infrastructure and prohibits the funds being spent on sprawl. Read the full article…
“A home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” -Robert Frost
When we arrived on Joan Knoertzer’s doorstep last night, she welcomed us into her library-themed B&B with open arms. Upon entering we discovered a wonderland brimming with laughter, stories, nibbles (her word for candy), and more books than you could possibly imagine. Sometimes being on the road gets tiring, but great Bed and Breakfasts give the impression that you are at a place where they would always take you in. Read the full article…
July 14th, 2009
When we embarked on this road trip several days ago, we expected to meet great people along the way. However, we had no idea what was in store. On every corner and sidewalk, while petitioning and asking folks to call their Senators, we continually meet fantastic people. Each time we stop into a restaurant, hotel, and B&B, we encounter friendly faces.
Over the last two days, we have been aided and inspired by our coalition partners. Karen Hansen from the Ohio Conference on Fair Trade was a lifesaver at the North Market Food and Wine Festival. We met over a cup of coffee, and before we could say ‚Healthy School Milk or Bust,” she was up and running, asking the folks at the next table to sign a postcard. Read the full article…
July 13th, 2009
Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation scored a big victory last Monday, and the support of Food & Water Watch members played a part!
MCWC went to court on Monday, July 6 and prevented Nestlé Waters North America from pumping even more water from an already depleted stream in Mecosta County to bottle for its Ice Mountain brand bottled water. Read the full article…
Today we hit the North Market Food and Wine Festival in downtown Columbus, Ohio, where I transformed myself into a cow in order to grab some extra attention. In case anyone ever had questions regarding the experience of a cow at a Food and Wine Fest, I picked up a bit of wisdom along the way that I can share with you.
• Several good-intentioned humans are likely to inform you that your ‚udders are exposed.”
• In congested crossways of pedestrians, calls of ‚mooo” aptly direct foot traffic.
• If someone tells you that they were out with someone who looked just like you last night, you must compliment that person for having such fantastic taste in company.
• You will win instant favor when it is 80 degrees F. and above.
• YOU MAY COLLECT OVER 160 PETITION SIGNATURES AND NEW ACTIVISTS, LIKE WE DID!
-Becca and the “Healthy School Milk or Bust” trippers
July 12th, 2009
Meredith, Becca, and I paused in front of funnel cake stands and a ferris wheel. We had arrived at Big Butler Fair moments earlier and now looked at each other, trying to determine our goal for the day. How many folks could we get to call Senator Casey‚ office in support of rBGH-free milk? How many would be enough? We threw out some numbers: 50? 100? No figure satisfied our ambition. Finally, Meredith suggested a goal we could agree upon – “let’s keep calling until his mailbox is full!” Read the full article…
July 11th, 2009
Greetings from the road! We made our way to the Festival of the Arts in State College, where we had some petitioning fun. Alex was a fantastic cow and had his tail pulled several times by some enthusiastic dairy fans.
Next we made our way to Bellefonte to visit Senator Casey‚ district office. We met with his staff, who told us Casey has received pressure from his constituents to ‚expel the hormones” and that he is reviewing the issue. This underscores why you need to take action now for better school milk, and make our voice even louder to influence the Child Nutrition Act. Read the full article…
July 10th, 2009
Some of you may have caught Dana Milbank‚ column in yesterday‚ Washington Post about this week‚ congressional hearing on bottled water regulations, A Congressman With a Thirst for Truth. What you may not have realized was how it misrepresented some of what went on in that hearing, while also glossing over many important facets of the broader bottled water debate. As a researcher and analyst for Food & Water Watch‚ water policy team, I was at that hearing, and I want to share with you some of my impressions of Milbank‚ column and the events that it covered.
Read the full article…
Some folks are just lucky, I guess. As part of my job this summer, I get to attend the Vermont Brewers Festival, on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont along with fellow FWW staff members Denise, Zach and Rachael. How is THAT related to food and water?? Well, as part of our work to promote tap water, Food & Water Watch is dedicated to helping event planners go bottled water-free‚ and in this case, we partnered with the Vermont Brewers Association, a group of 18 artisan brewers up in the Green Mountain state who are concerned with reducing their environmental footprint. The festival, now in its 17th year, features 30 artisan brewers and annually welcomes about 12,000 people to three tasting sessions. It promises to be a great time with its lovely lake backdrop and wide variety of craft brews. Read the full article…
It’s time for the government to take action to prevent one of the world’s largest oil and gas platforms from causing a catastrophic accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Atlantis, owned by British Petroleum (BP), lacks many required certification documents and poses a dire threat to the Gulf’s communities.
Located about 150 miles off the coast of New Orleans, Atlantis runs 7000 feet deep and produces 8.4 million gallons of oil and 180 million cubic feet of gas every day. Without engineer-approved documentation for 85% of its piping, instrument and safety shutdown systems, there is concern that Atlantis may have serious design problems. These deficiencies could increase the risk of devastating operator errors and would cause harm to platform workers, the marine environment, and local fishing communities. Read the full article…