Water

Clean water is the foundation for healthy & prosperous communities. While our nation has made significant progress since the 1970’s in cleaning up many of our rivers, bays and other vital water resources, we still face significant water quality and quantity challenges. Drinking water sources are threatened by pollution and overconsumption, and some of these threats are made worse by climate change.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch

Harmful Algal Outbreaks and Drinking Water

In summer 2014 the residents in and around Toledo, Ohio were told not to drink, cook, or bathe with the water from their faucets.

Recent Actions

Tell your legislators to fund water infrastructure updates now!

Act now, by contacting your State House representative and State Senator and urging them to take a stand for water by investing in updating and replacing our crumbling water infrastructure!

Don't let state legislators turn back progress on protecting the Great Lakes

On Monday Governor Whitmer took action to protect our Great Lakes, strengthen Michigan’s response to PFAS contamination, and bring Michigan into the US Climate Alliance.

Support HB 5375—Drinking Water Standards on PFAS must be driven by science

Studies have shown that the current EPA advisory limit for PFAS in water allows levels that are too high to protect our health.

We Need To Protect the Great Lakes!

The Great Lakes are national treasures. They contain 20% of the Earth's fresh surface water and drinking water to millions.

Water Blog Posts

Sediment plume in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Photo credit: Baltimore Sun.
July 9, 2019

Yesterday the city of Baltimore experienced a severe wet weather event that resulted in flood warnings throughout the DMV area, coupled with a water main break downtown. While the water main break is responsible for the day’s increase in train delays and a strong flow of murky brown water into the inner harbor near Howard and Pratt, an infrastructure failure may not be necessary for the same problem to occur in the near future.

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June 26, 2019

All Americans deserve to live in healthy environments, free from pollution and toxic waste. But people of color and low-income Americans are disproportionately affected by pollution every day. Clean Water Action was honored to attend today’s first-ever Congressional Convening on Environmental Justice to fight for Environmental Justice now.