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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PFASs Chemicals – Protecting Our Drinking Water And Our Health

PFASs is a class of human-made chemicals which includes Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances These chemicals are very long-lived, which means that they remain in the environment and in humans and wildlife for a very long time. Two of these chemicals, PFOA and PFOS are relatively well known, and manufacturers have voluntarily stopped producing them. However, PFOA and PFAS continue to be detected at contaminated sites, in water, and in our bodies.

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

August 14, 2018

Philadelphia, PA – Conservation Voters of PA, PennEnvironment, Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, and Clean Water Action have released their 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard, which scores each member of the State Senate and House of Representatives based on their votes on the most crucial environmental legislation that came before the General Assembly this session.

August 9, 2018

“Jennifer Wexton is the best choice for people of Northern Virginia -- we are excited to endorse her," said Michael Bochynski, Clean Water Action Chesapeake Program Manager. "In the Virginia State Senate, Jennifer sponsored legislation to increase consumers’ access to community solar energy, mandate quicker reporting on hazardous spills in Virginia waterways, and broaden the powers of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to go after polluters and stop construction of natural gas pipelines.”

August 6, 2018

Brick, NJ--Clean Water Action's New Jersey State Director, Amy Goldsmith, spoke out about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court at a press conference at Trad

Civic Engagement and Elections Blog Posts

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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?

Ellie (3rd from left) joins Clean Water Action in honoring Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) for her work on legislation to ban toxic flame retardants
July 27, 2018

This is the second in a series of interviews with Clean Water Action Massachusetts Advisory Board Members.