Civic Engagement and Elections

Clean Water Action harnesses grassroots power by engaging and mobilizing our members and endorsing clean water leaders in elections from the local to national level.

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Ask Minnesota Candidates What They Think About Great Lakes Issues

The Great Lakes are national treasures. These water bodies provide drinking water to 40 million people and contain 20% of the earth’s fresh surface water. This year's election is the most important in years.

Recent Actions

Create a Fair Elections Fund for Baltimore

Encourage candidates to spend their time fundraising from small donors, not courting big dollars.

Tell Legislators What You Think About Their Scores!

Your legislators won't change their bad voting records or continue to bravely vote with the environment unless they know you're paying attention. Contact your legislators and let them know what you think of their grades!

Press Releases

September 20, 2018

Austin – Clean Water Action today announced its first endorsement for this November's Austin City Council elections: Kathie Tovo for District 9.

September 18, 2018

"The Clean Water Scorecard is further proof that we need a change in priorities in Congress. This Congress took every opportunity it had to put the profits of corporate polluters before the well-being of the public and the health of the environment. They may as well have put lobbyists in charge of writing bills."

September 17, 2018

LANSING- Today, Clean Water Action announced its endorsement of Rosemary Bayer for the Michigan State Senate.

Civic Engagement and Elections Blog Posts

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September 18, 2018

Despite the fact that I knew, in real time, how many members of Congress were voting to wipe out protections for our water, supporting an agenda to walk back action on climate, and putting the short-term profits of campaign donors before the needs of the public, I was a little shocked at the terrible scores.

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August 6, 2018

Tomorrow across Michigan, voters will be head to the polls to cast ballots for candidates that represent their values and priorities.

July 30, 2018

As a self-proclaimed “social justice warrior”, I am ashamed of how late I arrived to environmentalism.  Growing up in Baltimore, I focused on police brutality, homelessness, and a faulty public education system.  I remember walking down Preston street seeing my community members throwing corner store trash in the road. I saw cigarette butts and soda cans in the alleyways, but I still didn’t make the connection.  How could I not notice the lead poisoning epidemic? Why did I consider sewage overflows and the Chesapeake Bay pollution to be a less important issue?