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Swim at Your Own Risk: Bacteria Pollution in Texas Beaches and Waterways Threatens Public Health

From South Padre Island to Galveston Bay, and from the San Marcos River to Lake Lewisville, Texas rivers, lakes and beaches draw thousands of people every time the sun is out and the temperature is up. But many of the waterways where Texans love to play are sometimes too polluted for people to go swimming, tubing, or wading safely. An analysis of water testing data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) reveals that Texas beaches, rivers and lakes frequently exceed bacteria levels deemed safe under state law, indicating unsafe levels of fecal contamination.

(August 2018)
The Road to Clean Transportation: A Bold, Broad Strategy to Cut Pollution and Reduce Carbon Emissions in the Midwest

By transforming our vehicles, rethinking the design of our cities and towns, maximizing the benefits of new technologies, and doubling down on proven strategies like public transit, the Midwest can ensure that the transportation system we pass on to our children is clean, resilient, equitable and accessible to all. 

(August 2018)

The Delaware River basin is an important source of clean water for drinking, wildlife and recreation. However, the region’s waterways face a variety of threats – from day-to-day challenges such as agricultural runoff and industrial pollution to rare but catastrophic events such as oil spills. Our new online map provides you with the tools to explore potential threats to waterways in your neighborhood, in the watersheds that provide your drinking water, and throughout the Delaware River basin.

(July 2018)
Renewables on the Rise 2018: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future

Renewables on the Rise 2018 looks at a decade of growth of five key clean energy technologies: solar power, wind power, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and energy storage. Progress over the last decade shows that clean energy technology can power American homes, businesses and industry – and that America is poised to accelerate its shift away from fossil fuels in the years ahead.

(July 2018)
Trouble in the Air: Millions of Americans Breathe Polluted Air

In 2016, 73 million Americans experienced more than 100 days of degraded air quality. That is equal to more than three months of the year in which smog and/or particulate pollution was above the level that the EPA has determined presents “little to no risk.” To safeguard public health, the nation needs to preserve and strengthen existing air quality protections and reduce the future air pollution threats posed by global warming.

(June 2018)