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June 15, 2009
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Food & Water Watch Joins With Local Groups to Oppose Potential Privatization of Milwaukee's Water System

Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, today joined forces with the Keep Public Our Water (KPOW) coalition at a rally at City Hall to call on the Milwaukee Common Council to pass a resolution permanently suspending the proposal to lease Milwaukee‚ Water Works and conclude its inquiry into privatizing the city‚ water system. Faced with budget pressures, the city of Milwaukee had been considering leasing its water utility to a private company for 75 to 99 years in return for a one-time payment of up to $550 million to $600 million dollars. In addition to Food & Water Watch, Members of the KPOW coalition include AFSME Council 48; Campaign Against Violence; Midwest Environmental Advocates; Milwaukee Inner City Communities Allied for Hope; Milwaukee Renaissance; Milwaukee Riverkeeper; Water Works Local #952 and the Wisconsin League of Voters.

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Bi-Partisan Congressional Letter Urges Commerce Secretary to Disapprove Gulf Council Offshore Aquaculture Plan

Press Statement: “Food & Water Watch commends Representative Lois Capps (CA-23), Representative Gene Taylor (MS-4) and Representative Sam Farr (CA-17) for leading the effort in Congress to prevent the controversial Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council ocean fish farming plan from moving forward.”

June 10, 2009
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Capitol Hill Panel Promotes Ocean Privatization

Press Statement: ‚Yesterday, one of the panels for Capitol Hill Oceans Week, Feeding a Nation: The Role of Fishing and Aquaculture in Today‚ Economy, touted parceling out our oceans to a few big businesses as the best way to feed U.S. consumers and alleviate pressure on over-stressed wild fish.”

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Lease of Milwaukee Water System Would Require Public Referendum

Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, presented to Milwaukee Common Council legal precedence indicating that the proposed lease of Milwaukee‚ water system to a private company must be subject to a city-wide referendum. According to Food & Water Watch analysis, Wisconsin state statute section 66.0817 (4) indicates that “prior to a city consummating a proposed agreement to lease a public utility it owns, the proposal shall be submitted to the electors of the municipality[,] to be determined be a majority.” Food & Water Watch submitted this finding today in a letter to Milwaukee Common Council President Willie L. Hines.

June 8, 2009
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World Oceans Day: Setting Sail to Keep Oceans in Public Hands

Press Release: Press Statement of Maude Barlow, Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the UN General Assembly and President of the Food & Water Watch Board of Directors: “‚We have our oceans to thank for making life possible. Their waters cover nearly three quarters – more than 130 million square miles – of the planet’s surface. They host a vast array of life and power climactic cycles that support and sustain everyone and everything on Earth.”

June 6, 2009
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Kona Blue Water Farms Disregards Native Hawaiian Rights

Today, Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy organization, joined with Hawaii‚ Kanaka Council, a coalition comprised of Native Hawaiian rights groups, in urging Monterey Bay Aquarium to remove U.S. farmed yellowtail or “Kona Kampachi” as a “Good Alternative” from the aquarium‚ Seafood Watch Card. Food & Water Watch Staff Attorney, Zach Corrigan, and Kanaka Council Moku O Keawe Representative, Kale Gumapac, delivered a letter to the Aquarium signed by six other native Hawaiian leaders that states Kona Blue Water Farms, the only U.S. producer of farmed U.S. yellowtail, ignores native Hawaiian rights and negatively impacts the environment and cultural traditions in Hawaii. Monterey Bay Aquarium should therefore not label Kona‚ product, marketed as “Kona Kampachi,” as a sustainable seafood choice.

June 4, 2009
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Marin Desalination Plant Unnecessary Finds Food & Water Watch Report

Press Release: A package of smart water solutions that includes improving landscape irrigation, decreasing system leaks, and enhancing reservoir operation can meet Marin‚ future water needs at a much lower cost than the proposed desalination facility finds a new report released today by the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. The report, Sustaining Our Water Future: A Review of the Marin Municipal Water District‚ Alternatives to Improve Water Supply Reliability, is authored by James Fryer, who served as coordinator of the Marin Municipal Water District‚ (MMWD) water conservation program from 1990 to 1999.

June 2, 2009
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Food & Water Watch and Local Activists Halt Privatization of Milwaukee Water System

Press Statement: ‚On Friday, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Common Council announced that it will put on hold plans to privatize the city‚ drinking water system. In May, Food & Water Watch worked with a broad range of local groups to form the Keep Public Our Water (KPOW) coalition to stop the privatization. Food & Water Watch applauds the Council‚ decision and urges the City of Milwaukee to permanently abandon this potential privatization.

May 29, 2009
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New FDA Steps to Prevent Bacterial Contamination in Bottled Water Good, But Not Good Enough

Press Statement: ‚This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is amending its bottled water regulations to implement stricter standards regarding the testing of bottled water for the e.coli bacteria. Although Food & Water Watch supports FDA‚ move to protect the public from e.coli, this amendment is not enough. Despite the issuance of this rule, FDA still does not require bottled water to be tested once it has been bottled. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains strict standards for ensuring the safety of tap water, FDA has been less stringent in its oversight of the bottled water industry.

May 20, 2009
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New Food & Water Watch Study Reveals Privatized Water Systems Result in Job Losses

Press Release: New analysis released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch finds that privatizing municipal water systems threatens jobs and negatively affects local economies. Water Privatization Threatens Workers, Consumers and Local Economies finds that while multinational corporations often claim to reduce operational costs, they do so by cutting corners, downsizing essential employees, decreasing salaries and impeding union activity.

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