Result

We’re restoring Clean Water Act protections.

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. 

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Leadership on fuel-efficiency standards

Arizona's pioneering clean cars standards, which we helped win, helped pave the way for President Obama's 2011 decision to boost federal fuel efficiency standards to 54.5mpg by 2025, the single biggest step this country has ever taken to break our addiction to oil. Environment Arizona’s federal global warming program director, Nathan Willcox, thanked the president for his leadership on this issue.

Result

Victory for the Grand Canyon

After Environment Arizona helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, Interior Secretary Salazar put a million miles around Grand Canyon National Park off-limits to new toxic mining claims for 20 years — the maximum allowed by law. Advocate Bret Fanshaw also worked with Rep. Raul Grijalva to organize more than 60 members of Congress to sign a letter to the Obama administration, urging full protection.

Result

EPA moves to restore clean water protection

After years of effort by Environment Arizona and our allies, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan in 2011 to restore Clean Water Act protections to all of Arizona's streams and wetlands -- 94% of which were left vulnerable to pollution and development by polluter-driven Supreme Court decisions. More than 500 Environment Arizona supporters emailed Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, urging them not to let polluters thwart the EPA’s plan to protect our drinking water.

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A strong voice for state parks

With half our state parks on the chopping block, we helped more than 2,000 Arizonans urge Gov. Jan Brewer to keep our parks open and in public hands. We also built support at the Statehouse, meeting with Senate President Steve Pierce, Senate Minority Leader David Shapira and others. And after hundreds of our supporters fought back against plans to privatize our parks, a Gov. Brewer-appointed panel took that option off the table -- at least for now. 

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