CWN’s Briefing, Water Crises and Factory Farms


To All,
Mark Your Calendars for a Clean Water Network:
Factory Farms: The Dark Side 
First briefing in CWN’s National Series on  
“America’s Water Crisis”
WHEN: JUNE 2, 2009, 2-4 PM  (Please note a reception will follow the panel discussion to welcome EPA’s Assistant Administrator of Water Nominee Peter Silva)    

WHERE: 304 Cannon House Office Building

Come to the first installment in the Clean Water Network’s important series on America’s Water Crisis. A panel of experts will talk about the impacts of factory farms (CAFOs-Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) on our nation’s precious water resources.Topics will include legislative, regulatory and litigation updates and discussion on the public health implications from CAFOs including possible connections to Swine Flu. Panelists will also discuss the ramifications of providing federal and state subsidies to the CAFO industry, with almost no assessment of the environmental effects of CAFOs on individuals and communities.


Keeve E. Nachman, PhD, MHS, Science Director for Food Production, Health and Environment,


Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Martha Noble, Senior Policy Associate and Attorney, Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, 

Clean Water Network Vice-President of the Board of Directors Eric Schaeffer, Executive Director,  Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). Former
director of EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement, and also of EPA’s Pollution Prevention Policy Staff. To RSVP and to get more information please email

State Revolving Fund (SRF) Capitol Hill Update    

Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed their version of the SRF 17-2. The bill number is S.1005. The two links below are from Clean Water Action and American Rivers detailing various thoughts on the bill. Overall the bill is a mixed bag.  Good research, money, and water efficiency provisions, but no set-aside for green infrastructure, anti-sprawl or right to know provisions. CWN will keep you updated on any and all developments with this legislation!