Water

Clean water is the foundation for healthy & prosperous communities. While our nation has made significant progress since the 1970’s in cleaning up many of our rivers, bays and other vital water resources, we still face significant water quality and quantity challenges. Drinking water sources are threatened by pollution and overconsumption, and some of these threats are made worse by climate change.

It's time for Scott Pruitt to listen to people, not polluters

Tell EPA: Clean Water Can’t Wait

Scott Pruitt is putting our water and health at risk by delaying enforcement of the Clean Water Rule. And he's doing it for one reason - he knows he can't justify canceling the Clean Water Rule on scientific or legal grounds. So he doesn't want us to see that the rule will work.

Recent Actions

Act to Protect the Great Lakes

Send a message to your U.S. Senators and Representative urging them to fully fund the GLRI, overdue infrastructure investments, and other important federal programs that protect our water, health, and the Great Lakes.

Fund the Anacostia River Clean Up!

Please urge your councilmember today to commit $10 million for FY 2018 – FY 2019 to continue progress on all Anacostia remediation projects. 

Stop Trump and his Polluter Friends’ Dirty Budget!

Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative to protect funding for clean air and water. Don’t gut vital protections!

Thank legislators and Governor Dayton for new law on school lead testing

Help us thank the legislature and Governor Dayton for taking an important step toward ensuring safe drinking water for kids across Minnesota, because we need policies that put drinking water first, and keep our kids healthy.

Press Releases

October 26, 2017

"This mean-spirited budget is completely at odds with American values. It will hurt millions of people and devastate our communities and climate. Congress is acting like a wholly-owned subsidiary of polluting industries, and this recklessness is more proof that Congressional leaders will do whatever these special interests ask them to do, no matter the consequences."

October 19, 2017

“Its shocking that one of the few things Democrats and Republicans can agree on in Harrisburg is the need to continue to allow the oil and gas industry to evade our clean water laws,” stated Myron Arnowitt, Pennsylvania Director for Clean Water Action.

October 18, 2017

“To fulfill the goals of the Clean Water Act, we must rebuild our water infrastructure, which will prevent billions of gallons of raw sewage from entering our rivers and lakes each year,”

Water Blog Posts

Split Rock Lighthouse, photo: flickr.com/jsorbie  (CC BY 2.0)
November 16, 2017

It’s been a busy year here at Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund continuing our fight to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams, and to ensure safe and affordable drinking water for all Minnesotans. We need your help today on Give to the Max Day to keep fighting for clean water!

Zebra mussels
November 6, 2017

Don’t let Congress make our waters more vulnerable to harmful aquatic invasive species

They’re at it again.

The Dirty Water Caucus in the U.S. Senate is attacking a key Clean Water Act protection, and they’re trying to sneak that attack into the Coast Guard Authorization Act. This bill currently contains the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which strips EPA of its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect against ballast water pollution from ships.

Tittabawassee River photo: flickr.com/collins_family (CC BY-SA 2.0)
November 6, 2017

Last week, Saginaw Township’s wastewater retention and treatment basins overflowed. After just over two inches of rainfall stressed the outdated sewer infrastructure to its failing point, over three million gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the Tittabawassee River.