Thursday, February 25, 2010

THIS FRIDAY -- next hearing set for Clean Water bill

Kick off your Friday by supporting Clean Water!

The next hearing for the Working for Clean Water bill is Friday, Feb 26th, at 8:30 A.M. Please come and show your support!

House Finance Committee
House Hearing Rm C, O'Brien Building, Olympia
Friday, February 26th, 8:30 AM

Even if you can only stay a short while, please come and sign in.

Polluted runoff from our city streets is the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez oil spill in slow motion - the implications for Puget Sound and our ocean are that harmful.

We know what to do to address polluted runoff - retrofit urban streets, dig storm ponds, build better storm drains, and encourage low-impact development. To complete these stormwater projects on a scale that will make a difference we need to pass the Working for Clean Water bill. By taxing the pollutants that are harming our waters, this bill provides a long-term source of funding for desperately needed stormwater infrastructure projects.

Can't make it to Olympia? Then please Email or call your legislators right now and ask them to support Working for Clean Water.

Send an Email by clicking here.

Or call this number and leave a message for your legislators: 1-800-562-6000.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Clean Water bill hearing set for Monday 3:30PM

Working for Clean Senate hearing set for this Monday. Please come and show your support.

Senate Ways and Means Committee
Monday, February 22 at 3:30pm
Meet outside Senate Hearing Room 4 at 2:45pm to sign in to support the bill
J.A. Cherberg Building, Olympia

Last Wednesday, supporters for Clean Water packed the hearing room for the House Capital Budget Committee. As a result, it passed out of committee by a 8-7 vote. Now, we need do it again on Monday.

Can't make it to Olympia, then call your Senators: 1.800.562.600. Ask them to support Working for Clean Water (HB 3181/SB 6851) because it is a win-win for Washington families. It will clean up polluted waterways across the state and create thousands of good paying construction jobs to improve clean water infrastructure.

Or, send an instant email.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rally draws thousands to state capital

Yesterday, thousands gathered at the Washington State capitol in favor of protecting budgets for clean water, health care and education.

Fearing an "all-cuts" state budget, citizens spoke out in support of revenue raising strategies, including the Working for Clean Water legislation that would raise the tax on polluters to fund stormwater infrastructure projects.

Clean water legislation to tackle stormwater pollution is one bill that Surfrider Foundation is working hard to pass this session. Others would establish a Marine Spatial Planning blueprint for WA and provide for the safe collection and disposal of unwanted medications.

Marine Spatial Planning in WA, SB 6350
This past weekend, this bill passed the Senate 44-2. Spearheaded by ocean champion and longtime Surfrider activist, Senator Kevin Ranker, this bill initiates a local approach to marine planning that would engage ocean users in a process to minimize impacts from new and emergency ocean uses.

Secure Medicine Return, 2SSB 5279
Up for possible Senate floor action this week, this bill creates a statewide medicine return program provided by drug producers. Harmful medications often get flushed down the toilet and into our marine waters where they threaten marine species and human health.