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KEEP RIVERS HEALTHY OCTOBER 2017 E-NEWS

This World Rivers Day, September 24, the Rose Foundation reflected on the value of rivers, and our role in protecting these vital veins and arteries of our planet. In many ways California is on the leading edge when it comes to environmental protection, yet of the over 66,000 miles of assessed rivers in the state, over 90% are too degraded or polluted to meet state water quality standards.

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Standing Up for Domestic Workers’ Health SEPTEMBER 2017 E-NEWS

Cleaning products are meant to remove dirt and germs from our homes, but often do so using toxic chemicals. We awarded the Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA) a $50,000 grant through our Consumer Products Fund to promote the use of greener cleaning products among Latino immigrant domestic workers.

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From the American River to City Hall August 2017 E-News

Our students’ learning journey this summer has taken them to the American River, the Richmond refinery communities, and the EBMUD West Oakland wastewater treatment plant. Students also planted trees to provide shade for a local nursery school, met with legislators in Sacramento, and completed externships to gain work experiences with local environmental organizations.

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Rose Rafts the American River

Special thanks to ARTA River Trips for donating a rafting trip to the Rose Foundation and our New Voices students! Our work often centers on protecting our California rivers, but we rarely get a chance to jump right into them.

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Californians for Pesticide Reform Calls for Pesticide Ban

Last Wednesday 250 members of farm-working communities joined Californians for Pesticide Reform in Sacramento to call for a ban on the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. The EPA has failed to ban Chlorpyrifos despite extensive scientific evidence of its harmfulness, leaving it up to the state government to protect farmworkers from this dangerous chemical. CPR has petitioned Governor Jerry Brown with a letter supported by 167,000 signatures calling for a statewide banned on chlorpyrifos.

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Launching a Summer of New Environmental Champions JULY 2017 E-NEWS

Our students are currently learning about energy and water policy. Last Friday, our students visited Lake Pardee, the reservoir that houses Oakland’s drinking water. There they went inside the reservoir’s dam, toured a hydroelectric powerhouse and watched the dam operators open a sluice gate.

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Summer Academy Begins

n June 26, we were happy to welcome our students for the first day of the Summer Climate Justice Youth Leadership Academy! On Wednesday our students toured the EcoCenter and on Firday they went on an environmental justice tour of Modesto lead by Friends of the River and the Tuolumne River Trust.

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New Voices Joins No Coal in Oakland

On June 1, New Voices student-interns joined local youth and visited Phil Tagami’s office in downtown Oakland to ask why he won’t drop his lawsuit against the city’s ban on coal exports. The students wore elf hats saying “it’s Christmas in June, don’t give the kids coal.”

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New Voices Lobbies for Clean Rivers

With pollution, dams and climate change altering the face of our watersheds, our rivers are starting to look less and less familiar. On River Day, May 3, our New Voices youth interns went to lobby at the California State Assembly for bills AB 1667, 1668 and 1669 to protect water in California. These three bills together increase agricultural water efficiency, help communities prepare for drought years, and set standards for urban water conservation.

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California Keeper of the Nation’s Future SPRING 2017 PRINT NEWSLETTER

Read our print newsletter to hear about what Rose Foundation grantees thought of the elections in November and get updated on other events. The newsletter includes stories about our graduating New Voices students and about our grassroots training institute.

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