Environment Washington Research & Policy Center
Clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; healthy lakes and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing; preserved open spaces; clean sources of energy that don’t pollute and never run out — all this should be the heritage we leave to future generations. Our staff research the issues, educate the public, and win tangible results.
Investigating problems and crafting solutions
Defending Washington’s waters: Big agribusiness corporations have invested millions of dollars in campaign contributions and lobbying to defend agricultural practices that pollute America’s rivers, lakes and ocean waters. Our report, “Growing Influence: The Political Power of Agribusiness and the Fouling of America’s Waterways,” shines a spotlight on the worst offenders and sets forth practical policy recommendations for reducing the influence of big agribusiness on our waters.
Educating the public and making our voices heard
Our report, “Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Mercury” highlighted the 361 tons of mercury emitted by the TransAlta coal-fired power plant each year. After the state struck a bad deal with TransAlta, Environment Washington helped lead the public outcry, and our report was cited in multiple news outlets. The next month, the governor signed a bill requiring TransAlta to stop burning coal by 2025 and to immediately begin investment in clean energy development.
Environment Washington Research & Policy Center would like to thank Loyal Bigelow and Jedediah Dewey Foundation, The Bullitt Foundation, Northwest Fund for the Environment and The Seattle Foundation for supporting our work in Fiscal Year 2017.
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