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

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

Protect the Great Lakes from a Disastrous Oil Spill - Decommission Line 5

Oil pipelines present unacceptable risks and do not belong in the Great Lakes. Submit a public comment supporting decommissioning Line 5.

Tell Mayor Peduto to Invest in Green Infrastructure today!

Tell Mayor Peduto to make an investment into our communities by helping to fund strategic green infrastructure projects.

Press Releases

July 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Sacramento, CA, July 18, 2017) — Today the State Water Resources Control Board voted to cr

July 18, 2017

"Following Trump’s lead, House Republicans are slashing key programs we rely on for clean water and healthy air."

June 27, 2017

Wildlife recreation, including fishing, is a $2.8 billion industry in Pennsylvania, and small breweries in Pennsylvania are supporting over 32,000 jobs currently.

Water Blog Posts

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
August 9, 2017

Forty-five years ago, Lake Erie was so polluted that TIME Magazine stated it was, “in danger of dying by suffocation.” Although there was a massive clean-up effort on the local, state, and federal level, Lake Erie once again experienced the largest harmful algal bloom in recorded history in 2011, with a peak intensity over three times greater than any previously observed bloom.

One of our samples from the trash trawl
July 19, 2017

This week, Clean Water Action is trawling Narragansett Bay for microplastic pollution. With this trawl, we hope to show that plastic pollution isn't just an issue in the middle of the ocean, it's a problem right here in our own waters.

July 13, 2017

Yesterday was the latest in many public hearings about the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan.  Developed by a volunteer board of Frederick County and Carroll County Residents, the Plan is meant to outline the many water quality, land use, and wildlife habitat challenges facing the Monocacy River - one of the most polluted watersheds in the state - and recommend ways that Frederick County, Carroll County, the City of Frederick, the Town of Walkersville, and groups and individuals within its watershed can protect and improve it.  But unfortunately during the hearing process for the first