News & Updates

photo: water treatment plant,
August 31, 2017

There are currently many threats to our water here in Michigan. Most of these threats have been looming for years, but action on them has been pushed off, as our legislature procrastinates and ignores the problems instead of taking the hard steps that action requires.

photo: stormwater drain,
August 31, 2017

Stormwater runoff is the single largest contributor of non-point source pollution to Michigan’s waterways. While separating our sanitary sewers from storm sewers will do a great deal to protect our water from raw or partially treated sewage overflows, we have to pursue other policy options to deal with stormwater where it lands. Stormwater runs off of our driveways, lawns, parking lots, roofs, and other gray infrastructure. In most cases, this water then drains into combined pipes where it mixes with sewage before heading to a wastewater treatment plant.

Septic tank lid. photo: (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
August 31, 2017

While E. coli is commonly talked about in reference to combined sewer overflows and large-scale agricultural operations, there is another major source of E. coli in our water that every state in the country other than Michigan have worked to eliminate — leaking and failing septic systems.

August 31, 2017

Thank you for participating in the Beach Clean Up in Connecticut. We want to show the world how many peopel came out. Please share you story and best photos below. 

Solar panels, photo: istock
August 29, 2017

The state’s 2017 draft 2017 Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) was recently released by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  The purpose of the CES is to conduct an assessment and propose a strategy for all residential, commercial, and industrial energy issues, including energy efficiency, industry, electricity, natural gas, and transportation. 

August 28, 2017

Washington D.C. - Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:

We stand united with the hundreds of thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods. We are keeping those who are still in harm’s way in our thoughts.

August 23, 2017

LANSING – Clean air and water advocates today applauded a settlement agreement announced by the Sierra Club requiring the Lansing Board of Water & Light to shut down the Erickson coal-fired generating station by 2025 for violating the Federal Clean Air Act.

August 22, 2017

The oil and gas industry’s influence throughout the 2016 election and on the Trump Administration’s energy and environmental policy is staggering. A new report by Clean Water Action explores how the industry uses its vast wealth and political resources to distort our democracy to consistently get what it wants, at the expense of public health and the environment.

Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy

August 22, 2017

Recent updates to safety levels for Minnesota water contaminated with perfluorochemicals (PFCs ) has triggered new state actions to provide safe drinking water.  These actions include the provision of bottled water or filtered water to private well owners and updating public water filtration systems at an estimated cost of $4 to $15 million dollars.  Despite an existing legal agreement with Minnesota to pay for the cost of providing safe drinking water, 3M is denying financial responsibility for these new costs.

Autumn Toast Photo by Stephen Booty
August 22, 2017

Join us for our 8th annual Autumn Toast to a Healthy Environment Charity Auction and Wine, Beer & Chocolate Tasting on Sunday, October 8th, 2017, 1-4 pm, at the Pine Barrens Golf Club in Jackson, NJ! Below is a list of gift items you can take a chance on winning! RSVP today.