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Steve Fleischli
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Steve Fleischli is a Senior Attorney and Water Program Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Prior to joining NRDC in 2010, Steve served as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, an international environmental organization supporting local watershed programs (such as Riverkeepers, Baykeepers and Soundkeepers) in nearly 200 communities across six continents. Steve also served as Executive Director of Waterkeeper Alliance (2003-2007) and as the Santa Monica Baykeeper in Los Angeles (1999-2003). He has held positions as a Legal & Policy Analyst for Heal the Bay and as an adjunct law professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with majors in Economics; Environmental, Population & Organismic Biology; and Environmental Conservation.

Steve also serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Independence Now and Grades of Green.

Entries by Steve Fleischli

Are You as Water Smart as Conan O'Brien?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, NRDC, and the State of California have teamed up to create a new series of very funny Public Service Announcements to encourage water conservation during California's historic drought. This new partnership follows the debut of Conan's first drought PSA just...

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The Untapped Savings in California's Water Supply

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:29 PM

California is facing a historic drought. But a new report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute highlights a lot of ways we can help protect ourselves from water shortages while using water more wisely.

Check out the infographic and slideshow below to see...

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Time to End the Quagmire Over Quagmires

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:44 PM

People who care about clean water -- parents, hunters and anglers, brewers and anyone who likes to go for a swim or turn on a tap and enjoy a cool drink -- are telling EPA and the Obama administration that it's...

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Poll Says Californians Want Action on Drought -- And Governor, Legislative Leaders Deliver

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 8:38 PM

At long last, California is expected to receive some significant rainfall and snowfall this week. It will help ease the historic drought. But we are not out of the woods. Far from it.

According to the California Department of Water Resources, 10 communities have less than 60 days of water,...

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As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Some very important people -- President Obama among them -- will convene in California this week with a singular goal: to help Californians as we endure the drought.

On Friday, President Obama will visit Fresno to highlight federal drought-relief efforts. The day before, Los...

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How EPA Could Ruin Your Summer Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:55 PM

More than 180 million people visit coastal and Great Lakes beaches every year, and swimming and surfing are favorite pastimes in the United States. But -- as is highlighted in NRDC's 23rd Annual Testing the Waters Report -- closings due to hazardous pollution remain high with 20,120 beach...

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10 Surprising Senators Who Voted Against Clean Water This Week

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 9:48 AM

For the first time in over a decade, the full U.S. Senate this week voted on legislation aimed squarely at blocking protections against polluting a wide swath of U.S. waterways, like wetlands and intermittent streams, that we use for drinking water supply, swimming and fishing. The action came in the...

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Why I Wrote Complicit

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:32 AM

During my nearly 20 year legal career, I have worked on all sides of environmental issues - representing community groups, the government and even corporations. My new novel, Complicit, synthesizes much of what I have learned so far - the good, the bad and the just plain infuriating.

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Los Angeles County Water Pollution and the U.S. Supreme Court

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 2:23 PM

In their Oscar-winning song, Burt Bacharach and Hal David got it all wrong:

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'

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Disaster Planning and Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 2:29 PM

Fall may have arrived, but it hasn't brought an end to the great drought of 2012. My home state of Nebraska has been hit hard, with nearly 98 percent of the state still experiencing extreme or exceptional drought. Friends and family have told me that cities have restricted...

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Ready or Not: Is Your State Prepared for Climate Change?

(16) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Every state in the U.S. is vulnerable to the water-related impacts of climate change, but a new 300-page report from NRDC reveals that 29 states are failing to adequately prepare for these impacts. Only nine states have undertaken comprehensive planning efforts. Meanwhile, six states -- Alabama,...

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EPA Proposal Allows 1 in 28 People to Get Sick at U.S. Beaches

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 4:16 PM

A new EPA proposal to address pollution at U.S. beaches allows 1 in 28 people to get sick when they go to the beach. Imagine a school field trip to the beach -- for every large conventional school bus, nearly three kids would be put at...

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Top Water-related Impacts of Climate Change

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Many of the most immediate and profound effects of climate change relate to water. The worst impacts could come from rising seas that flood our shores or from rivers overflowing their banks. In some places, the impacts may come not as a torrent of water at all -- but as...

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Top 10 Water-Related Things to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 3:51 PM

Family. A job. Good health. Freedom. All these things are certainly worthy of appreciation any time of year. But this Thanksgiving I'm thinking about all the amazing ways in which water makes life better -- ways that are perhaps so fundamental to our everyday existence that many people might rarely...

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Clean Water Under Attack - Again

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 3:32 PM

The Clean Water Act has been a great success. America's waterways are far cleaner than they were in 1972 when the law was passed -- meaning more are available for fishing, swimming and drinking water. The Act has also protected wetlands, which help filter pollutants and limit flooding.


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We Are Not All Going to Die From Climate Change

(50) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 6:28 PM

The climate is changing. That simple fact really shouldn't be subject to dispute.

Something else that probably shouldn't be subject to dispute: We are not all going to die from climate change.

Undoubtedly, some people will die. Those without resources. Those with no place to go. Those without water....

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Is Your City Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change on Its Water Resources?

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 5:53 PM

As conservation planners in Oregon like to say, there's a slow-moving tsunami headed our way.

In some cities, this could come in the form of rising seas that might take decades to flood our shores. In other cities, it could come from rivers overflowing their banks because...

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House Votes to Roll Back Clean Water Act

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 10:48 AM

In a 239 to 184 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to roll back key provisions of the federal Clean Water Act by passing H.R. 2018, formally known as the "Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011." We call it the "Dirty Water Act."

As my...

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House Committee Launches Most Significant Attack on the Clean Water Act in at Least 15 Years

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 8:50 PM

Not satisfied with merely trying to undo the Clean Air Act, the House of Representatives has now decided to attack the federal Clean Water Act with the introduction of H.R. 2018, which is slated for mark-up tomorrow (Wednesday) in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill, sponsored...

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Being Thankful for Clean Water: and the People and Laws that Protect it

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 9:39 AM

One purpose of World Water Day is often - and rightly - to highlight the horrific consequences of inadequate water supply and sanitation around the world. Indeed, over a billion people on the planet don't have access to clean water, and 2.6 billion people lack adequate...

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