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

Help Pennsylvania Address PFAS Chemicals

PFAS chemicals have been used in consumer products and fire-fighting foam on industrial sites and military bases. Exposure is associated with health impacts including cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis and birth defects. A new state task force was established by Governor Wolf to develop strategies to address this issue and they want to hear from you.

Michigan needs a strong statewide sanitary code

Right now, the State House Natural Resources Committee is holding hearings on two bills, HB 5752 and HB 5753, that would create a statewide sanitary code for Michigan that requires regular inspections of all septic systems.

Protect Virginia's Water From Polluted Stormwater Runoff!

Virginia's proposed new budget includes far-reaching cuts to critical water and conservation programs.

Help build a bridge from Ward 7 to the National Arboretum

Take Action! DDOT is accepting comments about the bridge through June 21, 2019. Fill out the action below to send your message of support.

Water Blog Posts

Spilled orange juice -- crtedit Martin Brigden (Flickr -- Creative Commons)
May 20, 2019

It’s 2002. I’m seven years old and sitting at my dining room table with my mom, eating breakfast and drinking a glass of orange juice. My mom and I are laughing about something when I knock the glass over. The juice spills everywhere – on the table and floor as I stare at the mess in shock. My mom scrambles to the kitchen, grabs paper towels and hands them to me, saying “It’s ok, just clean up your mess.”

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May 9, 2019

I hope you can join me in supporting this inspiring organization in their upcoming Spring for Water benefit on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5 pm to 7 pm at Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail bar. You can RSVP or donate here

Raise funds for Clean Water by taking surveys!
May 6, 2019

Most Clean Water Action members we know – people like you who care about our water and want to see it protected – hold a wide range of opinions. Those opinions sometimes count for more than you might think – a lot more!

              How Much is YOUR Opinion Worth?