drinking water

Baltimore's Lead Testing Survey

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:

Lead Service Line

Getting the Lead Out: State Disclosure Policies

March 14, 2017

There’s no magic solution to the challenges of lead service line replacement, but there are local, state and federal policies that could support communities and water systems in this effort.

Pinelands Hearing Photo by Janet Tauro

We Lost Pinelands, But We Will Get Them Back

March 7, 2017

We lost the Pinelands.

Just like that; the Pinelands Commission in lockstep with Executive Director Nancy Wittenberg, struck down 40-years of carefully crafted protections last month that would keep industry out of the fragile forest preserve.

One wonders if those who voted in favor of the 22-mile, high speed gas pipeline even know the definition of the word “precedent,” which four past governors and the architects of the comprehensive management plan tried to drive home in letters to the commissioners.  

Swimming for Clean Water

February 15, 2017

“We’re all in this together. We’re all humans. And we are a team that should support one another. I hope that someday it’s possible for everyone to have clean water and be healthy”Jackie, 9

When the Youth Tritons swim club contacted us about doing a swimmathon to benefit Clean Water Fund, on the occasion of the Tritons’ 30th Anniversary, we said “Yes!” – of course. Our goal is their goal: fishable, SWIMMABLE, drinkable water, for everyone!

Tell the New Jersey Pinelands Commission: No Pipeline in the Pinelands

January 9, 2017

It’s back, just like a bad dream. The highly controversial South Jersey Natural Gas application for a 23-mile, mile gas pipeline through the protected Pinelands forest preserve is back on the burner

Frederick County_Stormwater_Maryland_Photo by Jennifer Kunze

Funding for polluted runoff protections falls short in Frederick

August 17, 2016

“Generally, they’re getting worse.” That was the verdict on Frederick County’s local streams at last night’s public hearing on the County’s Financial Assurance Plan, a document that should outline how the County government will pay for stormwater restoration projects mandated by the Chesapeake Bay Plan.

Fredrick County Maryland photo for Brent Bolin blog post

Maryland residents drive new effort to protect drinking water, local streams in Frederick

August 16, 2016

Local policy push aims to clean up Monocacy and Potomac rivers.

Sewage Overflow in Baltimore. Photo by Jennifer Kunze

6 Million Gallons of Sewage in Baltimore's Waterways

August 8, 2016

When Baltimore City’s sewer system was first installed in 1909, it was considered cutting edge technology. Now, after over a century of neglect, it is undersized and outdated, and has led to raw sewage flowing into the city’s waterways and flooding residents’ basements.

Christie Administration Floods the Garden State

June 2, 2016

Right now, over 90 percent of New Jersey's waters do not meet one or more water quality standards. These standards are set by New Jersey under the law and the state is obligated to meet them.

So, one would think that our state government would be doing all they can to improve the quality of our water by ensuring the standards are enforced. Nope. They are, in fact, doing the complete opposite.

Welcome to California, Mr. Trump...

May 31, 2016

Last Friday in Fresno, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for President in November, took on the California drought with his usual attention to detail and accuracy. 

Speaking at a rally, Mr. Trump reportedly said it was "insane" and "ridiculous" to decribe California as having a "water problem."