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

US Capitol Building at sunrise. Photo credit: trekandshoot/Shutterstock

Winning Elections for Our Water

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

Clean Water Action: Now the Senate Must Pass the For the People Act

"The Senate must take up its version of this transformational legislation as soon as possible. Protecting and strengthening our democracy is too important for partisan politics. We, the people deserve to have our voices heard."

Clean Water Action: The Executive Orders on Climate Show the Biden Administration Understands What's at Stake

"By centering science again in decisions about how to best protect our water and act on the climate crisis, and placing a renewed focus throughout the government on environmental justice, the Administration has made clear it is serious about putting the needs of communities across the country first."

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.

Senate

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.