Washington Judges Set to Hear Case on Water Fluoridation

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08af87190ebe24ffe978720b8f74c19dThis Monday three appeals court justices in Tacoma, Washington will hear cases for and against fluoridation of the public water supply.

Those in opposition to water fluoridation point out that those in support claim fluoridated water is promoted as tooth decay prevention, thus fluoride should be recognized as a drug, (any substance used with intent to treat or prevent disease) and protected drug laws should apply. At this time the government does not consider it a drug.

As more citizens begin to question the safety of fluoridated water, the EPA has had to recently admit that the amount in the water supply is dangerous to children. A Harvard study recently linked fluoride to lower IQ’s but was quickly changed to say that “IQ’s were only lowered outside the United States.” The West Virginia University Rural Health Research Center recently reported that U.S. children in urban areas, with a higher exposure to fluoridated dental care and water, have just as many cavities as less fluoride-exposed rural children. A study by Dr. Dean Burk, former head of the Cytochemistry Section at the National Cancer Institute and Yiamouyiannis, showed a massive cancer increase in areas who received water fluoridation.

Many countries like Sweden, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands have discontinued water fluoridation and several areas within the United States are following suit. A recent hidden camera video inside a water treatment facility has pushed the anti-fluoridation movement even further with its attempts to remove the substance from the water. Just last year citizens in Wichita, Kansasand Pulaski, New York joined the more than 130 communities across the country to ban water fluoridation.

Whether you are for or against water fluoridation, you can attend the hearing by visiting yes4cleanwater.org to find out more.



Petition for clean water

Water for the World Act of 2012: Official Summary

12/14/2011–Introduced.Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2012 – Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to direct:
(1) the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to designate a Global Water Coordinator to coordinate and oversee water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance, and
(2) the Secretary of State to designate a Special Advisor for Water Resources to coordinate and oversee policy relating to water and sanitation assistance. Sets forth principles to ensure that water, sanitation, and hygiene projects carried out under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 achieve maximum impact. Amends the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 regarding the strategy to further the U.S. foreign assistance objective to provide access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries to:
(1) transfer primary authority from the Secretary to USAID,
(2) include hygiene, and
(3) include designation of high priority countries. Directs the Administrator to maintain a webpage for information on U.S. water, sanitation, and hygiene foreign assistance programs.

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Dear raphael,

When I rush out the door to get to work and school, I barely have time to grab my coffee and belongings before the long day ahead. I can’t even imagine tallying the hours upon hours of sick-time and travel time if I, like so many people around the world, didn’t have access to an everyday necessity: clean water.

Tell Congress that a sip of clean water should be available to everyone!

Travelling miles to bring back the water your family cooks with, bathes in, and drinks is a chore that can keep young boys and girls from making it to school. And, if the water familes fetch is contaminated, the diarrhea and disease they will suffer can keep them from earning wages and getting an education.

Unclean water causes death for some of the 900 million people worldwide that must drink from contaminated water supplies. The bottom line is, clean water should not be a luxury item, and it should not be the cause of preventable death.

Congress has a ready-made solution in the palm of its hand to help make clean water a reality: The Water for the World Act.

The Water for the World Act won’t add expensive new programs to our development efforts around the world. Instead, it strives for efficiency by taking the clean water programs already have in place and improving how they’re targeted. That kind of improvement will save lives.

Join us in sending a message to Congress today: Urge your representatives to bring clean water to 100 million people by signing off on the Water for the World Act.

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More than 780 million people around the world -half of them children- rely on unsafe water sources. Lack of access to water and sanitation is a major health issue: diarrheal disease related to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation is one of the top causes of child death globally.The Water for the World Act calls for global cooperation on research and technology development, to bring clean water and basic sanitation to 100 million of the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world. Clean water and good sanitation saves lives. When children no longer struggle with stomach problems, they can go to school and get an education. Their parents can tend to their fields and earn an income. Girls can attend school instead of spending hours every day fetching water from distant sources.

Ask your legislators to help give 100 million people their first access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation by supporting the Water For the World Act!

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Elizabeth Shope’s Blog


Posted June 20, 2012 in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passed the Water for the World Act – a step forwards towards enacting important legislation that could bring safe drinking water and basic sanitation to as many as 100 million people around the Globe. Water and sanitation are basic human rights, and with over 800 million people lacking access to safe drinking water and over 2.5 billion people – more than a third of the world’s population – lacking a toilet, passing this legislation should be a no-brainer. In fact, Water for the World has bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, so it’s time for the House to start taking steps to passing this legislation as well. To this end, the CEOs of 33 U.S.-based organizations including NRDC President Frances Beinecke sent a letter today to the House of Representatives asking Members to cosponsor and support the Water for the World Act on the House side.

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is not just a human rights issue. Rather, as the CEOs write in the letter: “WASH aids in our collective efforts to ensure all children can succeed in primary school, to advance food security and nutrition, to promote sustainable water resource management, and to reduce poverty.” The House and Senate versions of the legislation have some differences, but ultimately, both seek to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for millions of people, largely by improving upon the 2005 Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act and making the way that the United States provides foreign aid on water and WASH projects more efficient. Water for the World would:

  • Increase coordination of WASH with other programs. The House legislation finds that, “For maximum effectiveness of assistance, safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene must be coordinated with and integrated into programs and strategies for food security, global health, environment, education, and gender equality.” It goes on to say that USAID should carry out this integration at the Global Water Coordinator level and at the USAID Mission Director level. The coordination that the Senate legislation calls for has a more environmental focus, indicating that one of the responsibilities of the State Department Special Coordinator for Water Resources will be to “oversee and coordinate the diplomatic policy of the United States Government with respect to global freshwater issues, including interagency coordination related to sustainable access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene; integrated river basin and watershed management; global food security; transboundary conflict; agricultural and urban productivity of water resources; disaster recovery, response, and rebuilding; pollution mitigation; and adaptation to hydrologic change due to climate variability.”
  • Enhance USAID and Department of State capacity at headquarters, through existing offices and positions, and at mission levels, to improve partnerships and technical capacity of in-country implementers and national governments, so that country leadership in planning, implementing and evaluating WASH programs can be prioritized. Having higher level water coordinators in USAID and the State Department is also critical for being able to successfully integrate WASH and other programs.
  • Increase the sustainability and local ownership of WASH projects.  The Senate legislation calls for the Secretary of State and USAID Administrator to build the capacity of host countries to “provide affordable, equitable, and sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation; educate the populations of such countries about the dangers of unsafe drinking water and lack of proper sanitation; and encourage behavior change to reduce individuals’ risk of disease from unsafe drinking water and lack of proper sanitation and hygiene.” And In the House legislation, Section 5 is focused on “Increasing Sustainability of Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Projects and Activities.” These pieces of the legislation are critical, because if we want to make meaningful, long-term changes in people’s lives on the water and sanitation front, we need to be working not just towards providing first-time access to infrastructure but also access to long term services and behavior changes. Just because there’s a latrine installed doesn’t mean people will use it, know how to empty it when it needs to be emptied, or know how to repair it.
  • Improve targeting of WASH funding, recognizing that the poorest people stand to benefit most from receiving access to these services. Specifically, the House legislation indicates that, “Projects and activities should be targeted to the poorest and most vulnerable countries and communities, including women and girls, displaced persons and refugees, and other marginalized populations.”
  • Support research and regional partnerships to continue our learning and support innovative and effective solutions.
  • Once again call on U.S. Government to produce the comprehensive, multi-year strategy water strategy that they have been supposed to produce since the passage of the 2005 Water for the Poor Act. The Water for the Poor Act called on the State Department to produce the strategy. However, USAID has taken the lead on producing the strategy. The House legislation officially shifts the responsibility for producing the WASH strategy to USAID, and calls for the strategy to be produced by January 1, 2013 that covers the next four years.

In short, this legislation would help individuals and communities in desperate need, and make the work that the United States is already doing to help more meaningful and efficient. Both the House and the Senate versions are good pieces of legislation on their own and which, if merged, have the potential to be even stronger. To continue to move this legislation forward, Members of Congress should join H.R.3658 – the Water for the World Act – as cosponsors, and call on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to move the bill – as our CEOs have called on them to do. Then the full House and the full Senate should pass the legislation. You can take action and ask your Senators and Representative to support Water for the World here.

Family collecting water in Haiti credit waterdotorg.JPG

Family collecting water in Haiti. Credit: water.org.

Events and Calendar



Watershed Restoration The Cutting Edge Trailer

Watershed Restoration: The Cutting Edge Workshop. Click if video frame doesn’t show.
Here is the short documentary about the weekend workshop hosted by Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. Watershed Restoration: The Cutting Edge was taught by Brad Lancaster, Amanda Bramble, Jan-Willem Jansens, Steve Carson, and Craig Sponholtz. It focused on catching, sinking, storing, and using water where it falls starting here in the Galisteo Basin., Ampersand’s watershed.
Here is the trailer for the documentary.

This trailer is for a short documentary about a weekend workshop hosted by Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center. Watershed Restoration: The Cutting Edge was taught by Brad Lancaster, Amanda Bramble, Jan-Willem Jansens, Steve Carson, and Craig Sponholtz. It focused on catching, sinking, storing, and using water where it falls.


18th Annual Water Conservation and Xeriscape Conference
Our Water, Our Future:
Communications Across Disciplines
February 28 and March 1, 2013
Marriot Pyramid
Albuquerque, NM
Final Agenda Posted

The speakers for Our Water, Our Future have been finalized.  We are
pleased to announce the inclusion of two urban forestry speakers on
Friday, March 1.  To see the complete list of speakers and their
allotted times, go to
Xeriscape Expo, March 2-3, 2013

We are now taking booth registrations for the Xeriscape Expo.  Don't
miss this opportunity to reach 10,000 plus potential customers over
the weekend event.
For more information on both events:

Registration Now!

Early bird deadline is Feb 15.

   Urban Forestry at the Roundhouse
Dana Karcher
Davey Resource Group    Conference Presentation:
iTree tools, urban forestry and low impact development

Xeriscape Council of New Mexico |
        (505) 681-5583 | cheri_vogel@yahoo.com |

All the best,



Thanks to Melissa, Journey Santa Fe’s ace organizer, and to everyone who listened so attentively to my talk on the Rio Grande at Collected Works on Sunday.  Remember how I talked about New Mexico’s lack of a policy focused on the overall health of our rivers and how our existing policies to divide the waters actually permit the diversion of a river’s entire flow?
After 20 years of promoting greater public attention to the fate of rivers, Rio Grande Restoration has concluded to initiate a project to show state policy-makers, agency administrators and managers how river flow can be protected, and a more natural hydrograph established, with virtually no harm to more traditional, consumptive users, like irrigators and thirsty cities.  Gratifyingly, the Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corps of Engineers, BLM and the NM Interstate Stream Commission have joined us as partners.
I wanted to share a little bit of information on that project with you.  So, our brand-new interpretive booklet is attached.  With your permission, I’ll keep you informed (via quarterly e-newsletters and advisories) as our stream flow restoration initiatives progress. (You should notify me by return e-mail, if you ever want to opt out of receiving such “river-oriented junk mail”.)
Happy reading and many thanks for your kind concern about a sustainable water future for nature and people.
Steve Harris
Rio Grande Restoration
HCR 69 Box 3-C
Embudo, NM 87531
home/office: 575-751-1269
fax: same
Mobile: 575-770-2502
Far-Flung Adventures (river trips) website: http://www.farflung.com/
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Community for Clean Water

News about fracking in San Miguel County
This is a Busy Week
No meeting on Monday night Nov. 19th – due to the Public Hearing and City Council Meeting
November 17th – Saturday at 9 pm live radio interview with Craig Barnes and Thomas Linzey senior legal counsel for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, CELDF. Thomas will talk about the current events around the country and globally regarding CELDF’s work with community grassroots groups who are working to pass Community Rights Ordinances in their local communities.  These Ordinances represent the citizen’s voice which asserts their rights to protect their communities – their children – their water -air, land and welfare from corporate threats such as fracking.These ordinances/laws assert the citizens rights to establish and participate in a free democracy within their local communities.
Radio station KSFR – 101.1 FM Santa Fe Public Radio.
November 18th – Town Hall Meeting – 7 pm at Newman Center – 8th and Columbia
November  19th – Public Hearing on draft ordinance for regulating oil and gas in the Commissioners Chambers at the Courthouse in Las Vegas – make your voice be heard !!
1-7 pm.

Next meeting

Water Planet

Our next meeting is Wednesday evening 28th November at the Flying Star Cafe at the Railyard complex in Santa Fe (next to REI) at 4:30PM. Come early to order a bite or drink and chat before we begin. We will be discussing and planning the Santa Fe Global Water Festival:www.waterawarenessgroup.wordpress.com/GWF
Please join us.

Amigos Bravos

      On the evening of Tuesday, November 13,  at 5:30pm, Amigos Bravos will offer the fifth in a year long lecture series on “Water Matters.” The lectures are free to the public and feature some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic speakers in the state, including writers, scientists, poets,  environmental activists, and scholars.
E.J. Levy

Hailed as one of the best new nonfiction writers in the country, E.J. Levy will read from her recently released memoir,  Amazons: A Love Story, a memoir that offers an intimate look at urgent global issues that affect us all, including the too-often abstract question of rainforest loss.Amazons: A Love Story offers a fresh approach, interweaving a personal feminist narrative with an urgent ecological one. Levy’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Orion, and Best American Essays, and have received a Pushcart Prize.

      Ms. Levy, a past employee of Amigos Bravos and a long time supporter of the organization, has generously offered to give a signed copy of Amazons: A Love Story to each purchaser of an Amigos Bravos $35 individual membership, following her reading. 
      The reading begins at 5:30pm, at the Randall Davey Audubon Center on Upper Canyon Road, in Santa Fe. (Take Alameda east to Upper Canyon Road, turn left onto Upper Canyon Road and follow it to the Audubon Center at the end).    For more information, call 575-758-3874 or 505-983-4609.
Rocky Otter on Rock Save the date: On Tuesday, December 18th, the Amigos Bravos “Water Matters” Lecture will feature Nicola Ulibarri. Ms. Ulibarri, is a native New Mexican, a member of the Amigos Bravos Board of Directors, and a Phd candidate at Stanford. She will speak about the “global water crisis” – water shortages, lack of clean drinking water, disputes over shared waterways, and declining aquatic habitat – apparent everywhere. Ulibarri will discuss challenges of water management, globally and locally, and point to potential options for humans to live sustainably with the water we have.
November 13
Water Quality Control Commission Meeting
Regarding Copper Rules and Dairy Regulations for the State of New Mexico
New Mexico State Capitol Building
Room 311
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe
November 13
“Water Matters” Lecture
Author, E.J. Levy     
 will read from her recently released memoir,  Amazons: A Love Story,
which will be followed by Q & A and discussion.
Amigo Bravos “Water Matters” Lecture Series, 5:30 pm
Randall Davey Audubon Center
  Santa Fe


     The Amigos Bravos Executive Director, Brian Shields, would like to hear fromyou about your concerns regarding water in New Mexico and what issues will be paramount for the protection and restoration of those waters in the near future.
     Every three to five years, Amigos Bravos
develops a new Strategic Plan to guide us toward
accomplishment of the Amigos Bravos mission. Shields and staff at Amigos Bravos are in the very early stages of gathering information and envisioning future challenges and opportunities and will welcome your comments. Please let us know your perspective by hitting the “reply” button for this email and directing your comments to Brian Shields.  Also, please write “Water Matters!” in the subject heading so we know the email is from you!
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and perspectives.

Collected Works Bookstore Conversations

Each Sunday morning at 11AM, David Bacon and his associates hosts interesting conversations with local and visiting activists, politicians and folk at the cutting edge of today’s environmental and democratic movements.

November 18, Sunday, 11 am
Books/Talks/Lectures (at Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse)
Breaking the Silence:Women Driving Change In the World’s Most Challenging Places –
Neema Namadamu, Democratic Republic of Congo, In Conversation with KSFR Radio Host David Bacon
and Mijan Celie Tho-Biaz, EdD. Candidate International and Multi Cultural Education & Member Journey Program Committee

Neema Namadamu, Demcratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Neema NamadamuAfflicted by polio since the age of two, Neema grew up in the Eastern DRC, a region ravaged by an epidemic of sexual violence and war. Today, she is an outspoken, tech-savvy leader mobilizing and empowering scores of women, including those with disabilities, to change the future of her nation. A determined visionary, Neema also is pushing to establish a national telecommunication network to better connect rural Congolese people to the world.

Increasing access to new media technologies is enabling women from some of the remote regions of the world to make international headlines, organize across borders, and obtain vital development information. Portland-based World Pulse is harnessing the power of digital media to connect and empower a network of over 40,000 women from more than 190 countries, many who are speaking out using Internet cafes and cell phones. In addition, World Pulse is equipping grassroots women leaders with training to become empowered citizen journalists and web-savvy change agents for their communities.

Hear directly from Neema Namadamu who has traveled from impoverished rural villages and conflict zones around the world to share how she is using online technology to drive change.

Audio:audio file Breaking the Silence, 2012-09-28, with Neema Namadamu (mp3, 50 min., 56MB)


information about future Collected Works Bookstore series and the conversations with Neema can be found on the www.JourneySantaFe.com website

Noon Water Tune-in

At our last meeting we decided it would be beneficial to take a few minutes each day at Noon to give a moment of gratitude for water and bless some before we drink it. Please join us wherever you are in a 5 minute meditation to hold the vision of a world of clean, healthy water for all. See the world’s water restored, and envisage the world as you would have it be for those few minutes. As we join together with more and more people, we will manifest that vision. Those at the meeting made the commitment to do so and to always bless water before we drink or use it.

As a reminder of our joint vision, here below is the vision for our group:

A world of clean, pure and healthy water available for all life systems to flourish. A world in which humans respect and steward the water resources of the planet and the life forms that inhabit and depend on these resources. Through our common agreement, commitment and action, humans restore the water systems to their pristine state through harmony with all the elements of Nature, wise management practices and education.



Community For Clean Water


Resource list
SWPA-ESC recommends contacting the following individuals with specific questions on air and water quality testing and concerns. In addition, we have listed several clinical contacts as well. Page 2 lists online resources and links to applicable research.
Water Monitoring
Ben Stout, PhD
Professor of Biology, Wheeling Jesuit University
(304) 243-2316 office

Air Monitoring
David Brown, ScD

Clinical Resources
Carl Werntz, DO, MPH: cwerntz@hsc.wvu.edu
Director – Osteopathic Occupational Medicine Residency, West Virginia University School of Medicine

Poison Control Center Philadelphia:
• Dr. Fred Henretig: henretig@email.chop.edu
• Dr. Kevin Osterhoudt: osterhoudtk@email.chop.edu

Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH
University of Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Leslie Walleigh, MD, MPH
SWPA-EHP Environmental and Occupational Health Consultant

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH
Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program


Resource list
SWPA-ESC recommends contacting the following individuals with specific questions on air and water quality testing and concerns. In addition, we have listed several clinical contacts as well. Page 2 lists online resources and links to applicable research.
Water Monitoring
Ben Stout, PhD
Professor of Biology, Wheeling Jesuit University
(304) 243-2316 office

Air Monitoring
David Brown, ScD

Clinical Resources
Carl Werntz, DO, MPH: cwerntz@hsc.wvu.edu
Director – Osteopathic Occupational Medicine Residency, West Virginia University School of Medicine

Poison Control Center Philadelphia: 
•	Dr. Fred Henretig: henretig@email.chop.edu
•	Dr. Kevin Osterhoudt: osterhoudtk@email.chop.edu

Pouné Saberi, MD, MPH 
University of Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medicine 

Leslie Walleigh, MD, MPH
SWPA-EHP Environmental and Occupational Health Consultant

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH 
Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program
News about fracking in San Miguel County


Ban Fracking in San Miguel County petition. With your help, we’ve reached 1659 signers, growing at 22 signers per day! We are doing great, but we can do more!  🙂

If we are going to have an impact, it’s critical that more people contact the San Miguel County Commissioners.


Can you please forward this email to five of your friends right now? With your help, we can reach our goal! Share this link: http://signon.org/sign/ban-fracking-in-san-miguel?source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=2572822&mailing_id=6740


Thank you for taking a stand on this important issue.

Bernard Schaer, Ban Fracking in San Miguel County, NM Campaign
P.S. Here is another group that is struggling to fight Fracking. You might like to help them out by signing their petition as well. I did. Here is the link: http://signon.org/sign/investigate-pa-dep-for?source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=2572822&mailing_id=6740

It is becoming apparent that the residents of San Miguel County do not want fracking anywhere in the county. We have more petitions to give to our commissioners at their meeting Tuesday, November 13th at 1:30 pm. At this time we have 1, 287 signatures and we will have more by the 13th.   Good work everyone!

Important Meeting: Sunday November 18th 7 pm at the Newman Center on 8th and Columbia. This Town Hall Meeting, moderated by Eddie Tafoya, has many members of the community on a panel. It is urgent for all of us to be at the town hall meeting to voice our concerns and questions about the oil and gas leases, and what fracking means to us. Only 3 months until Feb and the permits will be issued!  We hope the building is packed and we all learn more about this industry that is tearing up the land wherever it goes.

The public hearing for the county Regulatory Ordinance is the next day – November 19th 1-7 pm in the Commissioners Chambers in the County Courthouse.

Daniel Bannock’s Democracy School
This is time well spent: 2 evenings, starting on Monday, Nov the 5th and then Monday the 12th for a couple of hours each time. This video will help us understand the law. Mayor Ortiz was threatened with a law suit (which hasn’t happened) when the Community Rights Ordinance passed in April. We have heard other threats to elected officials and this Democracy School will explain what the the real threats are, and what is just bullying. Please call Cordia if you have any questions at 426-1468. This is for everyone!
There will be discussion and time for questions. Come to the first session on Monday, November 5th at 6 pm at the Presbyterian Community Room. We will have popcorn and other snacks to entice you. It is across from the main post office and easy to find.

The online petition to ban fracking really took off – check it out: signon.org.

Dates to Remember:   
Monday – Nov. 5th and 12th  -Democracy School
Tuesday – Nov. 13th at 1:30 pm Commissioners meeting
Sunday – Nov. 18th at 7 pm -Town Meeting
Monday -Nov. 19th at 1- 7 pm-Public Hearing on Regulation Ordinance