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Clean Water Network Announces Clean Water Proclamation Campaign-- Sign up to Participate Today!

01/31/2002

Today the Clean Water Network is launching an important component of our 30th anniversary campaign-- the City Clean Water Proclamation Campaign. The campaign empowers your organization, your community and your local government to use the Clean Water Act to protect your precious waters and to revitalize them as you rejuvenate your neighborhood.

The goal of the Network's campaign is to get 100 cities nationwide to take a public stand for clean water by signing onto a clean water proclamation, and making specific commitments to achieve clean water. The proclamation puts your city or local government on record as supporting clean water. It also gives your organization a positive, pro-active opportunity to work with your local government to recommit to the Clean Water Act on its 30th anniversary.

We encourage you to ask your city council or local government to flesh out their commitment by declaring actions they will take to prove their clean water promise is real. On September 18, 2002, we will hold a series of press events across the country with our local governments announcing the proclamation, announcing October 18 as Clean Water Act Day, and announcing the city's new clean water goals.

Campaign Logistics:

1.) Visit the Network's web site at for a sample proclamation and ways you can use the proclamation to work with your city council or local government to recommit to the goals of the Clean Water Act. Go to http://www.cwn.org/docs/30thanniversary/city_clean_water_proclamation_ca.htm

2.) Contact Ami Grace at cleanwaternt@igc.org or 202-289-2421 if you would like to take part in the campaign. You can also e-mail us from the web link above. We will make sure Network members within the same state are coordinated. We will also be holding conference calls this spring to help Network members share strategies and ideas.

3.) Please get your city to commit to releasing the proclamation and to identify what pro-active clean water goal it will be committing to by July. We will be providing sample press materials and such this summer in preparation for the 100 press releases on September 18.

*Note: While we are calling this the City Clean Water Proclamation Campaign, we realize municipalities and counties may be your focus as well. That's fine-- we just want to get local government commitment.

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