Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kickoff of COAST 2017!- Written by John Chiarella, COAST Intern

Summer is here and that means it's time to get outside and hit the beach! It's no different for us at Clean Ocean Action, and with the start of the season we're proud to announce the start of our annual COAST Campaign! This is one of our most extensive outreach and education programs, and this year we have BIG plans our campaign to reach the most people yet!

Before we get to that though, some explaining is in order: COAST stands for Clean Ocean Action Shore Tips. The campaign operates on a grassroots level and works to educate the public about environmental issues affecting the NY/NJ Bight (the ocean realm of the NY/NY shore) and what everyone can do to help. Historically, the campaign has consisted of setting up information tables staffed by COA volunteers at coastal businesses and the shore front. While we are definitely continuing in that tradition, this year we are also attempting to expand COAST's reach to those who may not frequent the beach as much but still live in its vicinity and are affected by it. This summer we are going to setup tables at various farmers markets in the area, giving us an entirely new audience of potential Ocean Defenders. Our other initiative is to combine COAST with our partnership program, “Jersey Shore Thing!” to give COAST even more opportunities to let citizens know how they can fight ocean pollution and industrialization.

This summer, in particular, is an important time for COAST. It has recently been announced that seismic blasting, the gateway to offshore oil drilling, is now back on the table for the Mid-Atlantic. This is a disaster waiting to happen for the entire Atlantic Coast. Fortunately, all of our congressional representatives signed a strong bipartisan letter condemning the move. However, much work remains to be done to get the word out that this is a terrible idea, for citizens and marine life alike. It is also a statewide election year, so we must inform the public about these issues before they cast their ballots.

You can help protect the ocean by joining COAST this summer! After our Beach Sweeps, this is one of the best and most flexible volunteer opportunities we have, and we'd love to get you on board!


If you are interested, or have any other questions, please email us at coast@cleanoceanaction.org so you can RSVP for a training session on June 21 (at the Carmen A. Biasi Community Center, 719 Main St., Bradley Beach NJ 07720) OR June 22 (at COA's Headquarters, 18 Hartshorne Dr, Highlands, NJ 07732). If you cannot make either of these dates, or are reading this after those days, please contact us anyway! We have lots of other opportunities in store for you!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Ocean Watch 13

Mid-Atlantic Ocean Watch

Welcome back to Ocean Watch; a weekly recap of federal and regional actions that impact the coastal and marine water quality and ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. Clean Ocean Action will aggregate and analyze these actions, and signify the impact and threat level to the Mid-Atlantic using color coding – Red is a high level threat, orange is intermediate, yellow is a caution, and green would be a positive action. While many of these actions have taken place in Washington DC, and don’t affect the mid-Atlantic directly, the direction of national energy, climate, and regulatory policy will have implications and impacts for the mid-Atlantic region.


Oil and Gas Drilling in the Mid-Atlantic is Moving Forward


For many weeks, COA has been writing on the threat of oil and gas exploration and drilling in our region’s waters. We have remained diligent as an organization, leveraging our connections with regional and national non-profits, communicating and pushing for action from our elected officials, and organizing from the seaweed level up to ensure that the message from the Mid-Atlantic coastal communities is loud and clear – “the Mid-Atlantic is off limits to oil and gas development”.

On April 28, President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing an “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” which contains several provisions aimed at expanding offshore drilling. These include:
  • The establishment of a national policy “to encourage energy exploration and production, including on the Outer Continental Shelf.”
  • The revocation of Obama-era decisions to withdraw certain areas of the OCS in Alaska and the Atlantic Cost from leasing.
  • A directive to the Department of Interior (DOI) to consider revising the schedule of proposed oil and gas lease sales in Western Gulf of Mexico, Central Gulf of Mexico, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, Cook Inlet, Mid-Atlantic, and South Atlantic to that those schedules include annual lease sales to the maximum extent permitted by law.
  • A directive to the Department of Commerce to refrain from designating or expanding any National Marine Sanctuary, unless the action “includes a timely, full accounting from the Department of the Interior of any energy or mineral resource potential in the designated area,” and to review designations of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments established or expanded in the last decade and report back on “the opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production” in those areas.
  • A directive to DOI to reconsider final and proposed rules intended to mitigate the environmental effects of offshore drilling, including the well control rule, the proposed offshore air rule, and the offshore arctic drilling rule.
  • A directive for DOI and Commerce to undertake expedited considerations of incidental harassment authorizations, incidental take permits, and seismic survey permits.

As we have written about Executive Orders before, while a clear message of the Administration’s goals and priorities, sweeping Executive Orders such as this one must follow existing laws including due process requirements for rescinding or creating new regulations. This is why most of Trump’s executive orders contain a “to the maximum extent provided by law”, making their actual impact hard to gage. Of particular relevance to this EO is the provision that the DOI revoke Obama-era withdrawals of areas of the Atlantic and Arctic from OCS leasing. A plain reading of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) makes clear that the act does not allow revocation of prior withdrawn areas. This directive, if implemented, will certainly be the subject of legal challenges, much as the immigration ban EO has been struck down as unconstitutional by the US Court of Appeals.


Still, these sorts of orders spell out the direction of the Trump Administration, and the pressure he is exerting on agencies such as National Marine Fisheries Service, DOI, and others. It is imperative that our Congressional champions step up and oppose these actions. Thankfully, our region has supported some of the strongest Ocean Champions around:

U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.) have reintroduced a bill that would ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean (the COAST Act).

Congressman LoBiondo, (R-2nd Dist), introduced legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) that would halt permits for seismic airgun blasting (exploration for oil and gas) along the Atlantic seaboard. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) introduced legislation to suspend East Coast offshore drilling for a decade.

On May 26, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-NJ), Bill Nelson, (D-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the “Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act’’ a bill to ban oil, gas and methane hydrate-related seismic activities in the Atlantic Ocean. The bill will prohibit the use of seismic airgun blasting -- a disruptive and potentially economically damaging method of surveying offshore oil and gas reserves -- in the North Atlantic, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida.  


Furthermore, a letter signed by more than than 100 U.S. House members urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts off limits to oil and gas drilling. The lawmakers, led in part by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), acted after President Donald Trump issued an executive order asking Zinke to review the existing 2017-2022 five-year plan that kept drilling away from both coasts.


While coastal businesses, citizens, and communities organize, and elected officials gather the votes necessary to pass critical protections for our region, the Interior Department will continue to evaluate applications from six companies seeking 8 permits to conduct geological and geophysical activities in the Atlantic Ocean. In January, then-President Barack Obama's administration refused to approve these applications.

Essentially, these seismic blasting permits are being considered and pushed forward by the Trump Administration even while the Atlantic has been removed from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s five-year plan for oil and gas development. The re-inclusion of the Atlantic into the five year plan will be required to go through a lengthy notice and comment and environmental review process.

It is essential that we keep up the fight. Keep an eye on our social media and webpage over the coming days and weeks, as we continue to monitor the situation. The thousands of coastal economies that depend upon a clean and healthy Atlantic Ocean are incompatible with oil and gas drilling anywhere in our region. Oil does not respect state boundaries. Seismic blasting to discover these reserves does not discriminate between a dolphin from New Jersey and a whale from Florida. Call your congressional representatives TODAY, and tell them that offshore oil and gas drilling anywhere in the Atlantic is not acceptable!


TRUMP BUDGET = POLLUTION FOR ALL.



President Trump released a proposed budget for FY 2018, which includes significant cuts to climate change and clean energy programs. Some of the largest cuts include:
  • A 31% reduction in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (from $8.2 to $5.6 billion)
  • A 68% reduction in funding to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (from $2 billion to $636 million)
  • A 48% reduction in funding to EPA’s Office of Science and Technology: Clean Air and Global Climate Change program (from $259 to $135 million)
  • A 35% reduction in funding to EPA’s Environmental Programs and Management: Clean Air and Global Climate Change (from $474 to $310 million)

This budget, if adopted, would be an absolute disaster for environmental and public health. It would cut EPA by nearly a third (clean water, clean air, chemical and toxic substance regulations, contaminated site clean up). The U.S. Department of the Interior would be cut by 11 percent (Federally managed land and water, National Parks, Fish and Wildlife), the Army Corps of Engineers would see its funding shrink by 16 percent (dredging, beach nourishment and erosion control, navigable waterways) and spending at the U.S. Department of Energy would drop 18 percent (excluding nuclear security).

As for the EPA, Trump proposes a 31 percent cut—by closing regional offices, reducing enforcement, and eliminating more than 50 programs, including Energy Star and restoration funds for the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, and the Chesapeake Bay, as well as zero funding for any climate science related work at EPA. There would also be a 30 percent cut for contaminated site clean up (New Jersey is #1 in the Country for most # of contaminated sites).

The Trump Budget proposes the selling off of half of the nation's emergency oil reserve – called the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil drilling, and end offshore drilling revenue sharing with Gulf Coast states, proposals they say would raise nearly $23.5 billion over 10 years. This is the only way the administration can claim that their budget (tax cuts for the highest income brackets, cuts to most everything else) would balance the budget. Selling off half of the SPR represents the biggest source of new revenue in the energy and environment sections of Trump's budget.
The SPR currently holds about 688 million barrels of oil, and selling half that would raise about $16.5 billion by 2027, the White House estimates. Staggering. Trump tax cuts are being funded by the literal selling off of our national heritage and resources, the cutting of key environmental public health programs, and the dismantling of public health and social programs.




Trump Administration – Industry over Science, Denial over Truth


As the Trump Administration has made clear over and again, science based decision making, aimed at preventing the worst of climate change impacts, at protecting human health from chemical and toxic substances, and at protecting ecosystems, have been sacrificed in favor of short term profits for fossil fuel companies and other powerful industry forces. Both the White House and other Federal Agencies have been found censoring climate and scientific data on their websites, within their regulatory processes, and in reports and associated press releases – as if closing one’s eyes would change reality.

Most recently, a paper published documenting the risk of flooding in coastal communities was edited by Department of Interior employees on behalf of the Trump Administration to remove language referencing climate change.  “While we were approving the news release, they had an issue with one or two of the lines [that] had to do with climate change and sea-level rise,” said one of the study’s coauthors, Sean Vitousek, a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the request of the Trump administration, the following line was removed from the press release: “Global climate change drives sea-level rise, increasing the frequency of coastal flooding.” Regardless of what language is used, climate change is real, it is here, and it is putting our communities at risk.


From the tweaking of public relations messages, to the elimination of basic climate and science data on government websites, news of this sort has become startling routine;. Even scarier however is how fossil fuel companies are now able to exert enormous influence into regulatory actions through the inclusion of industry derived data in regulatory analyses and decision-making. Recently, Bloomberg Business has reported that “EPA political leadership is occasionally inserting new data and other information into public statements without final review from career policy specialists. . . “. EPA is also moving to delay, and eventually eliminate environmental regulations such as requirements for power plants to use the most up-to-date technology to remove heavy metals — including lead, arsenic, mercury and other pollutants — from their wastewater; or in implementing regulations designed to curb carbon emissions from highways; one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, the primary driver of climate change and a proven health risk. These actions are not based and while they may be good for a short-term shareholder profit bump, the long term consequences will be borne by the public.

Navigable Channels and Sinking Marsh


For years, coastal communities in our region have struggled with silted in back bay and coastal channels, and the cost of dredging and disposing of the dredged material. COA has been engaged in region-wide dredged material management for decades, and has closely monitored the advent of newer innovations such as “thin layer placement” and “living shorelines” – construction activities that utilize dredge material to build up drowning marsh or eroded shorelines. These projects have the potential to allow dredging of channels to take place and provide close by disposal options that also serve an environmental benefit. However, they are not silver bullets to our dredge material management issues – the amount of material able to be used by reuse projects is dwarfed by the amount needing to be dredged, and a critical eye is needed to ensure proper siting and design of both the dredging and the reuse projects, thorough sediment testing, and appropriate vetting of the reuse project to ensure it stands independent of the dredging project. COA is currently reviewing a rather large beneficial reuse project that would take over 150,000 cubic yards of sediment and deposit it on marshes and at shoreline edges in order to create a more resilient coastal ecosystem. We will continue to review these types of projects to ensure they meet these standards.




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

EARTH DAY Spirits not Dampened at the 32nd Annual Beach Sweeps!



EARTH DAY Spirits not Dampened! 
Sweeping Success as Thousands Hit the Jersey Shore Beaches

Coastal New Jersey —Most of the earth is ocean, so it makes perfect sense for thousands to flock to the Jersey Shore to help improve and protect that which brings so much joy year round.   Rather than bathing suits and flip-flops, thousands of beach goers donned gloves and work shoes for Clean Ocean Action’s (COA) 32nd Annual Beach Sweeps at over 60 Jersey Shore sites from Middlesex to Cape May County. Dedicated volunteers spent the day cleaning, collecting and calculating the debris removed from each site.  More and more of the state is participating with sites along the Delaware and in Essex County joining in.  For complete list of locations click here.  For photos for use from Beach Sweeps locations statewide visit Clean Ocean Action’s Facebook page here.

The data produced from this event is publicized in an annual report that provides evidence about the type and quantity of debris found along beaches which is used to educate and motivate for solutions to marine pollution.

“The Beach Sweeps never cease to amaze me! Volunteers from the tall and the small to the young and the old, are an inspiration for us to continue to do what we do. COA’s daily work is to provide and protect our oceans, bays, waterways and beaches,” said Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action. “Volunteers from schools, churches, businesses, organizations, corporations and teams continue to get ‘down and dirty’ to rid our beaches of the litter that has accumulated all winter. This year was no different! Volunteers are even resolved to make personal changes in their daily lives in order to reduce ocean pollution. In a perfect world we wouldn’t need to come back for Beach Sweeps in the fall but until that happens, we will see you in October and remember to pick up debris on every trip to the beach.”
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Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr, (6th District) greeted the crowd of 1000 at Sandy Hook saying “What you are doing is so important.  The work you do here today has a real impact and has led to the passage of laws such as the Microbead Ban Act which goes into effect this year.”

Valerie Montecalvo, President, of Bayshore Recycling Family of Companies reminded everyone that it was 30 years ago that Governor Tom Kean signed the NJ Mandatory Recycling Act.  “NJ is the nation’s #1 recycler, but we need to do more.” Debris removed by volunteers at Sandy Hook was sorted at Bayshore Recycling Family of Companies to maximize recycling opportunities.


“Seeing the community come together in order to better the environment is truly a beautiful thing,” said Amy Arietta, Program and Administrative Coordinator. “This event is a chance for the general public to become a part of something much larger than themselves. Individuals are scientists for the day as they assist COA in collecting data that will eventually be utilized for scientific purposes. Beach Sweeps is a volunteer driven event – they are the beating heart of our program.”
  
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“I've loved seeing so many people show up to the Beach Sweeps ready to make a change. What we are doing today is so important.” – Sierra Byrne, Sandy Hook Beach Sweep Coordinator with Marine Academy of Science and Technology.

Zoe Sucato, also of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, said, “It is so important to stop plastic pollution in the ocean.  Sea cucumbers are amazing squishy creatures and they eat bits of plastic and it is killing them.  All marine life is threatened by plastic and we need to stop this cycle.”

COA Beach Captains are the champions.  They engage with the local community and direct the hub of volunteers and individual participants at their location. These captains lead the cleanup effort at each site and are an indispensable part to which we owe the overall success of the program.

Selected totals from Sandy Hook included: Plastic Pieces- 9,675; Bottle Caps- 7,074; Straws- 3,041; Candy Wrappers- 6,854; Syringes- 51; Balloons- 180; Foam pieces- 4,621; Plastic beverage bottles- 1,406; Glass bottles- 426.

Throughout Beach Sweeps, volunteers are encouraged to note any out-of-the-ordinary finds. COA labels these finds as “The Roster of the Ridiculous”. Some of the items catalogued today included: license plate, baby car seat, scarecrow, bag of drugs, stuffed toy bunny, bird cage, charred bar stool.

With gratitude, Clean Ocean Action thanks: AVEDA, Bank of America, Comcast, KOHL’s, OceanFirst Foundation and ShopRite for their 2017 Beach Sweeps Statewide Sponsorship. The Spring Beach Sweeps are made possible by support from many generous sponsors.

“Wakefern Food Corp/ShopRite is pleased with our 15+ year partnership with Clean Ocean Action (COA). As an environmentally and community oriented business, ShopRite respects when an organization can bring about effective change by involving more and more community member volunteers each year.  The COA Beach Sweeps event brings about the improvement of an important ecological habitat, and when groups of like-minded people come together to solve a problem or improve their environment, they can make a difference and accomplish what an individual could not do alone.  We are proud to be a part of it!” Suzanne Forbes, Corporate Communications, Environmental Affairs Administrator, Wakefern Food Corporation.

“At Aveda, we care for the world we live in.  Every April we celebrate Earth Month and for the mast 8 years we have been focused on clean water projects around the world, to date we have raised $38 million. Together in partnership with Clean Ocean Action they help us educate our Salon network, Experience Centers and guests on how they can take an active for protecting our water locally,” said Eva Van Anglen with Aveda. “We’re really excited to clean up the beach, we constantly strive to live by Aveda’s mission and it’s a reminder about how important the environment is. It is Earth Day every day for us.”

For review the results from the most recent and previous Beach Sweeps, visit cleanoceanaction.org.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ocean Watch - Week 12

Welcome to Ocean Watch; a weekly recap of federal and regional actions that impact the coastal and marine water quality and ecosystems of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. Clean Ocean Action will aggregate and analyze these actions, and signify the impact and threat level to the Mid-Atlantic using color coding – Red is a high level threat, orange is intermediate, yellow is a caution, and green would be a positive action. While many of these actions have taken place in Washington DC, and don’t affect the mid-Atlantic directly, the direction of national energy, climate, and regulatory policy will have implications and impacts for the mid-Atlantic region.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean Watch – Week 12

Mid-Atlantic Back in the Drilling Cross Hairs?

We have been reporting for several weeks now about the near imminent threat of expanding oil and gas drilling in outer continental shelf (OCS) federal waters. COA is awaiting a Trump administration executive order and related actions that would target not just a reopening of the OCS Lease Plan (and the potential reinclusion of the mid-Atlantic in this plan), but also actions aimed at shrinking or eliminating national monuments or nixing another offshore order signed by former President Obama that placed 98 percent of the U.S. Arctic under protection.

Keep an eye on our social media and webpage over the coming days and weeks, as we continue to monitor the situation. The thousands of coastal economies that depend upon a clean and healthy Atlantic Ocean are incompatible with oil and gas drilling anywhere in our region. Oil does not respect state boundaries. Seismic blasting to discover these reserves does not discriminate between a dolphin from New Jersey and a whale from Florida. Call your congressional representatives TODAY, and tell them that offshore oil and gas drilling anywhere in the Atlantic is not acceptable!



Trump EPA Takes Aim at Vehicle Emissions Standards
It is clear that the Trump Administration is taking aim at all fossil fuel related regulations, from extraction to generation, and everywhere in between. Not even vehicle emission regulations are safe from this onslaught. In an agreement struck with automakers in 2012, the Obama administration required that cars run 54.4 miles per gallon of fuel by 2025. This standard, up from 27.5 miles per gallon, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6bn tons over the lifetime of new vehicles and save 2m gallons of oil per day by 2025– a clear win for the environment, for consumers who would be free to use that gas money for other expenses, and for energy efficiency. Unfortunately, these rules are squarely in the Trump Administration’s cross hairs.
This assault starts with the federal budget, and ends with direct rollbacks to regulations. According to a White House budget document , the EPA’s vehicle testing budget would be cut by 99 percent and the staff that does that testing would be cut by more than half. The cuts would be to the department that certifies emissions are met and that fuel economy claims are accurate. The proposal, which would also cut 168 out of 304 full-time jobs, seeks to partially fund current operations by boosting fees automakers and engine manufacturers pay for testing. An EPA official confirmed the document's authenticity. This news comes as Volkswagen recently settled one of the largest vehicle emissions fraud cases in history, paying out $25 billion dollars in fines for cheating emissions tests. Along with these budget cuts, Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to review fuel efficiency standards that were a key plank of Barack Obama’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, apparently seeking a regulatory rollback to go with his budget cuts.

EPA Shutting Down its Climate Adaptation Office
Reports from Washington indicate that Scott Pruitt’s EPA is closing the Climate Adaptation Office within EPA’s headquarters. The Unit, though small in size, was focused on preparing for the effects of climate change, such as sea-level rise and more extreme weather; a critical task as all those who live in coastal areas can tell you.

Key Federal Job Positions, Environmental Regulations, and Services on the Chopping Block

The Trump administration has finally lifted its federal hiring freeze, however with this news comes reports that the administration has ordered the heads of every federal agency to start significantly reducing their personnel over the next year. Although the memo did not get into specific staffing cuts, Politico reports that Trump definitely put a target on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Budget documents indicate that the White House would like to see EPA staffing reduced by as much as one-third – a devastating and catastrophic reduction in staff and funding that oversees contaminated site remediation, interstate pollution issues such as air and water discharges, and more. Moreover, the EPA has been directed to identify two regional offices for closure by June 15. Ultimately, Congress has the power to accept, reject, or alter the Trump budget— this is why our message to our Congressional delegation must be clear and powerful – Save EPA, fund environmental protection, and do not sacrifice our future for short term interests. Furthermore, the Trump administration through EPA, has opened a notice and comment period to gather information on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. This input is intended to help inform EPA’s response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. These budget cuts, hiring freezes, regulatory rollbacks, and fossil fuel energy expansion policies are clearly designed to create more profit for fossil fuel corporations, while the public pays the price, and US manufacturing and technological innovation fall further behind the rest of the world.


Whitehouse Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Withdrawals Climate Change Guidance
In more regressive and fossil friendly news, the Trump Whitehouse led CEQ has announced in a federal register notice that they are withdrawing their ‘‘Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews”.

Climate Change Godfather Endorses a Republican Climate Plan
Back in February, we wrote on the proposal put forward by several leading Republicans, including three former Cabinet secretaries, supporting a Carbon Fee in an effort to reduce emissions and address the worst impacts of climate change. See that story here.  This week, the leading scientific voice on climate change, Dr. James Hansen, endorsed a Carbon market based proposal such as a carbon fee. The backing of Dr. Hansen of a republican proposal to address carbon emissions should be seen a positive movement toward building a consensus market based approach for carbon emissions. Tell your elected officials that this is the path forward to heading off the worst of climate change impacts.olalafkhfg
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED!
·         The executive orders and congressional actions of the last week have reinforced how vital it is that every citizen engage with their elected officials. In this day and age of instant communication, there is no excuse for not contacting your elected officials. Use the links below to find your representatives and let them know how important clean water and strong environmental protections are.
o   Federal:
§  Call your US House of Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
o   State Level:
§  Contact your Governor: https://www.usa.gov/state-governor
§  For NJ residents, contact your State Senate and Assembly Representatives: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/njmap210.html
§  For NY residents, contact your State Senate and Assembly Representatives: http://www.elections.ny.gov/district-map/district-map.html