New England Grassroots Environment Fund

NEGEF News: July/August 2010                                                                       the water issue

Report Explores Community Responses to Water Withdrawal

Water Withdrawal

We are happy to announce the release of "Water Withdrawal: New England Community Responses to Protect Groundwater". The paper investigates the issue of large-scale water withdrawal for water bottling, an issue gaining attention in many water-rich New England towns. This paper is the first in a series of issue-specific white papers that highlight the role of grassroots community groups in crucial environmental work.

To read the full report, CLICK HERE

Procession Protects Pawtuxet Watershed

Urban Pond Procession

130 Rhode Islanders took part in the 3rd annual parade throughout the city organized by NEGEF grantee Urban Pond Procession. Teaming up with fellow NEGEF grantee Environmental Justice League of RI, the procession included local youth, giant puppets and local music to celebrate the protection of the Pawtuxet watershed and raise awareness about the impact of toxins and storm drain runoff on the health of RI's urban ponds. Participating artists and community members led educational presentations along with flag and fish costume making workshops in schools, parks and social service agencies across the city, reaching approximately 200 youth and adults with information about the environmental conditions of the ponds.

To read the press release, CLICK HERE

Greening Events Saves Water x2

Groundwork Green Teams

In an area that sees one million visitors each year, citizens in Salem & Beverly, MA have seen enough post-event mountains of water bottles and piles of cigarette butts on their precious coast. Citizens for Salem/Beverly Water Resources recently received a NEGEF grant to establish a refillable water canteen and cigarette receptacle equipment program so that hundreds of coastal events can readily reduce waste and protect the coast. This innovative approach protects water resources by promoting tap water while discouraging single-use water bottles, in addition to keeping coastal waters clean from chemicals leached from tossed cigarette butts. The new portable equipment will be housed by the city of Salem Park, Recreation and Community Services Department and will be available to public event planners to help reduce the waste streams of seasonal events for years to come.

To learn more, read these articles from: The Boston Globe, and The Beverly Citizen.

Read Food & Water Watch's Guide: Free Your Event From Bottled Water.

UN Votes to Recognize Right to Water

BREAKING NEWS On July 28, the UN officially voted to recognize the human right to water. The Bolivian government introduced a resolution to recognize water and sanitation as human rights, and it passed with overwhelming support. The text of the resolution expresses deep concern that an estimated 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water and a total of more than 2.6 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. A decade ago, civil unrest erupted in Bolivia's third-largest city, Cochabamba, after the water supply was privatized and put under the control of a multinational corporation. The final vote was 124 countries in favor and 41 abstaining, including the U.S.

Listen to expert Maude Barlow's interview on VPR

Read the UN News Centre article

Cold Wash Proven to Save Energy

Project Laundry List

A New report published in the journal Energy Policy proves that small steps, like washing laundry with cold water and turning off unused lights, could have a much bigger impact on reducing CO2 emissions than initially thought. The results of the report show that the carbon dioxide emission rate for estimating the effect of a small change in electricity demand is 0.69 kilograms of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed, which is 30 percent higher than the average emissions rate. Washing with cold water and air drying laundry are actions strongly promoted by NEGEF Grantee Project Laundry List.

To read the article, CLICK HERE

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Grant & Fundraising Opportunities

NEGEF's Small Grants: September 15
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Patagonia Enviro Grants: August 31
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Looking for a grant but don't have a 501(c)(3)? NEGEF can be your fiscal sponsor!
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Upcoming Events

CT NOFA City Farm & Garden Tour
WHEN: August 7, 2010
WHERE: New Haven, CT
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NOFA Summer Conference
WHEN: August 13-15, 2010
WHERE: UMASS, Amherst, MA
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CT Folk Green Expo
WHEN: September 11, 2010
WHERE: Edgerton Park, New Haven, CT
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NH Fish & Lobster Festival
WHEN: September 25, 2010
WHERE: Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH
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Bioneers: Connecting for Change
WHEN: October 21-24, 2010
WHERE: New Bedford, MA
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Grantee Stories

Water use in Rhode Island is becoming a huge concern. Luckily, grantee North Kingstown Groundwater Committee is addressing the problem locally with a 2 pronged approach: highlighting residents who choose to limit their water use with "Water Saver" lawn signs, and by planting demonstration lawns using native plantings to prove that excessive lawn watering is not a necessity for a beautiful green space.
The issue is being taken on at the state level by the Coalition for Groundwater Security.

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Tips & Tools

For more reports about bottled water use and the impact of withdrawal on local communities in the US and abroad, visit resource pages at Food & Water Watch and Corporate Accountability International.

Be sure to watch Annie Leonard's 8 minute short: The Story of Bottled Water.

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