More than 800,000 of us called on the Environmental Protection Agency to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. And in May, they answered by finalizing a rule to restore protections to the more than 20 million acres of wetlands, 60% of streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Protecting land on Watchaug Pond
When we learned in 2007 about a plan by the state to sell off land on Watchaug Pond that was originally intended to be a part of Burlingame State Park, we worked with our allies to expose the bad deal in the media and put pressure on officials to stop the sale.
Reducing global warming pollution
Rhode Island’s power plants, the second-largest source of global warming pollution in the state, will reduce their emissions 10% by 2019 under a regional effort we helped convince state officials to join.
Victory for Newport's harbor and beaches.
Newport’s harbor and beaches are on the road to recovery after years of illegal pollution from Middletown and Newport. In 2007 our staff joined local citizens to file a Clean Water Act citizens’ suit against the towns to stop their pollution. In 2010 and 2011, we won strong settlements requiring the towns to clean up their act.
At 54.5 mpg, a big step forward.
On August 28, President Obama finalized new clean car standards—54.5 miles per gallon—covering cars and light trucks through 2025, which amounts to the single biggest step this country has ever taken to end our addiction to oil and tackle global warming.