Civic Engagement and Democracy

Clean Water Action harnesses the grassroots power of our membership by endorsing in elections from the local to national level to elect progressive environmental champions who will work to protect clean water and fight climate change

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Winning Elections for Our Water

Since 2006, Clean Water Action has endorsed 1,715 candidates, helping 1,208 (70%) win their races.

Broad Coalition of Environmental Groups Call on President Biden and U.S. Senate to Pass Voting Rights Legislation on the One Year Anniversary of the January 6 Insurrection

"This grim anniversary should serve as a wake-up call to urgently take all action necessary to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and Freedom to Vote Act to expand the right to vote, end partisan gerrymandering, and give power back to the people."

 

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State Fact Sheets -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress

Unfortunately, the Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress found that support for common sense protections for our health and water break down along partisan lines.

PDF icon California Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon California Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Colorado Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Colorado Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Connecticut Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Connecticut Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Maryland Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Maryland Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Massachusetts Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Massachusetts Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Michigan Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Michigan Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Minnesota Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Pennsylvania Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Pennylvania Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Rhode Island Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Rhode Island Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Texas Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Texas Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Virginia Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon Virginia Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon New Jersey Fact Sheet -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdfPDF icon New Jersey Fact Sheet -- Spanish -- The Clean Water Scorecard for the 116th Congress -- Clean Water Action -- Sept 2020.pdf

Clean Water Action: Senate Republicans blocking democracy reforms is unacceptable

“The freedom to vote is our most fundamental right. But Republicans in the Senate and in too many state houses across the country clearly don’t believe that right should be protected."

 

From We All Live Downstream

Image: A Clean Water Action Rally in the 80s side by side with a Rally in the 2010s
January 20, 2022

You’ve probably seen the photos or heard the stories about rivers that caught on fire, smog that was thick enough to choke on, “dead” lakes like Lake Erie, and polluters able to do whatever they wanted to with no accountability. It all seemed so “normal”. And it was, until some people decided to speak up and do something.

Minnesota State Capitol
April 6, 2021

The Minnesota Legislature has been in session since January 6th, without many final actions to show for the time spent. In the past 12 weeks there has been a flurry of activity in the House and Senate, although from the perspective of clean water there are stark contrasts between the directions that they are headed in the remaining weeks until they adjourn on May 16th.

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A "I'm Voting" sticker edited to read "I Voted!"
March 3, 2021

Years ago I volunteered on election day outside a suburban Detroit polling station at a majority Black precinct, speaking to voters about an renewable energy ballot proposal.