W.A.T.E.R. submits comments on Federal Plastic Pollution Act


W.A.T.E.R. has submitted comments in response to the “Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act,” co-written by Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, and California Representative Alan Lowenthal.  As the global plastic pollution crisis grows exponentially worse, development of a national effort to curb plastic pollution is essential.  Read our letter HERE for insights into what is good and what is missing in this legislation.

Help End Plastic Pollution!

On land in the sea and air, plastic pollution has become a global scourge.  Plastic waste is choking the oceans causing harm to marine wildlife and entering the food chain; water and dust have been shown to contain plastic particles; it is common to see plastic waste littering our local alpine environment.  The problem cannot be solved by recycling.  We must reduce plastic use, especially single use plastics. 

We invite you to explore ways to reduce plastic consumption in your own life. Check out our web site HERE for an ever-evolving list of great ideas and additional resources and share ideas you find useful (email your ideas to   We note that in the wake of Covid19 some stores are not allowing shoppers to bring their reusable bags.  We suggest asking for paper bags; they can be repurposed for many other household uses and/or saved for shopping when the pandemic is over. 

Reducing/eliminating plastic pollution requires a global effort to reduce plastic PRODUCTION.  You can help by signing the following petitions:

We are gathering signatures for a Plastic Free Siskiyou petition asking Siskiyou County retailers to stock a much wider variety of items that are neither made of, nor packaged in plastic.  Read more about this effort and sign the petition HERE.  We will send this community-driven petition to our local store managers and owners at the end of this month so please share the link and encourage your neighbors, friends and family to sign the petition before July 31.

A similar petition sponsored by Greenpeace targeting the CEOs of Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Albertsons Companies, Walmart, ALDI, Publix, Ahold Delhaize, and Whole Foods can be found HERE

The World Wildlife Fund petition to all the Honorable Heads of State demanding a united global response to end marine plastic pollution can be found HERE.

The planet thanks you for your continued effort and support!