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Clean Water Action DC’s 40th Anniversary Party

Clean Water Action DC’s 40th Anniversary Party | Thursday, September 20, 2012

Location: Meridian International Center, Washington, DC

Guests of Honor: Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Bob Wendelgass (Clean Water Action CEO) and Founder David Zwick

Vendors: Beer from New Belgium Brewing, Wine from Le Vielle Ferme and food from Windows Catering Company

It was an esteemed pleasure to document the 40th anniversary party of Clean Water Action, a “national citizens’ organization (of over one million members) working for clean, safe, and affordable water, and prevention of health-threatening pollution.” (Source: Clean Water Action website) Last month, they celebrated 40 years of achieving goals such as providing clean, safe and affordable water to all citizens, the prevention of water pollution and creating environmentally safe jobs and businesses. This grassroots environmental organization empower people from all communities to get involved and make democracy work. They work hard on the national, state and local arenas to ensure water pollution will eventually be eliminated.

This 40th anniversary party was hosted by the Washington DC chapter of Clean Water Action and attended by many staff members, board members and officers of different chapters nationwide. Highlights of the evening included speeches by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Clean Water Action CEO Bob Wendelgass and Founder David Zwick. Later on that evening, Zwick was also given an award for his 40+ years of dedication to eliminating pollutants from our water system, among a myriad of other lifelong achievements.

It was great to see members and activists of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds stand together in support for such a pressing issue in our world today. This isn’t something that simply affects the developing world; water pollution happens right here at home and is something all of us take for granted. What would your quality of life be if you didn’t have abundant access to clean water? Would you be able to survive?

Meridian International Center’s stunning interior, featuring the classical symmetry of Louis XVI style, was the perfect location for this event. The outdoor pebbled courtyard area boasts 40 linden trees that were imported from Europe, and the balcony overlooking the residential street makes one feel as if they were on top of a French residence in Paris. There was live acoustic guitar music and the atmosphere lively and entertaining, as staff members and patrons celebrated their mutual fight for a worthy cause. Thanks to the Clean Water Act, which established the basic structure for regulating the discharge of pollutants into the waters of the United States, many of us have abundant access to clean water for all purposes.



Special thanks to Michael Kelley, Caroline Slobodzian and Andrea Herrmann for all your help the night of the anniversary party! Your direction and help in people-spotting made my night smooth sailing and allowed plenty of photojournalistic moments. Thanks for all that you do. All the best in your future endeavors!


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