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.

photo: water treatment plant, shutterstock.com

Tell your legislators to fund water infrastructure updates now!

Act now, by contacting your State House representative and State Senator and urging them to take a stand for water by investing in updating and replacing our crumbling water infrastructure!

Recent Actions

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.

Stop President Trump's Assault On Streams and Wetlands!

President Trump is putting the drinking water for 117 million Americans at risk. Take action to stop that now.

Prioritize Environmental Protection in the Next Legislative Session

Take action today and urge your legislators to prioritize clean water, the environment and public health.

Support clean water in the Monocacy River!

The Monocacy River is the largest Maryland tributary to the Potomac, has a watershed of 970 square miles, and is the source of more than a quarter of Frederick City’s drinking water – but it’s also under threat.  Impaired

Press Releases

"This will force drinking water utilities and their consumers to continue to foot the bill for removing this pollution from drinking water supplies."

July 26, 2017

"Republicans in Congress and Scott Pruitt know how unpopular – not to mention legally and scientifically indefensible, it is to gut protections for clean water. So they are trying to change the rules to cut the public out of the process so the Trump administration can weaken protections for drinking water, rivers, streams and wetlands."

July 24, 2017

Groups bring petitions to doorsteps of four state governors and Army Corps in Week of Speaking Out July 24 through 28

Water Blog Posts

Get Local
September 7, 2017

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a long time opponent of efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay, has crafted an amendment to a federal appropriations bill that prohibits the EPA from using funds to enforce EPA’s Chesapeake Bay clean up.

August 31, 2017

Clean Water Action is conducting a study of 200 homes in Baltimore City and County to test for lead contamination in drinking water.

Lead can enter water if it is present in the service lines, in-home pipes, or faucets and fixtures in your home, and if water is corrosive or has high mineral content.  To learn more about how lead enters drinking water, click here.

Clean Water Action can test your drinking water for free if:

Image of Chalk Point Coal Plant from MD Sierra Club
August 22, 2017

We have a problem with coal-fired power plants dumping toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and selenium into our waterways. These pollutants concentrate in the food chain, and already Maryland has fish consumption advisories for mercury in over ten species.