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.

Recent Actions

Keep Sewage Out of Texas' Waters

You can help keep sewage out of pristine Texas rivers, lakes, and streams. The state legislature is considering bills to ban the dumping of sewage into Texas waterways.

Tell the Senate: Protect Our Freedom to Vote

Reforming our democracy is essential to protecting our water, taking bold action to address the climate crisis, and protecting our communities.

Extend Michigan's Water Shutoff Moratorium

Due to support from Michiganders like you, our State Legislature passed a temporary moratorium on water shutoffs in 2020.

Take Action: NJ's Green Amendment

New Jersey legislators have proposed a constitutional Green Amendment that will recognize and protect the rights of all the people of the state, including future generations, to pure water, clean air, a stable climate and healthy environments.

Water Blog Posts

Smoky Mountain stream. Photo credit: ehrlif / Shutterstock
September 2, 2021

I’ve been working on the question of what water should be protected by the Clean Water Act for 19 years. Polluters and their allies in Congress have been trying to remove some water bodies from the Act’s jurisdiction for just as long, so you would think I ran out of outrage a long time ago. But no.

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August 27, 2021

The Trump Dirty Water Rule (AKA the "Navigable Waters Protection Rule”) eliminated Clean Water Act protections for certain streams and wetlands. U.S. Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan has said the rule is “leading to significant environmental degradation.” Earlier this summer EPA announced that it will revoke the Dirty Water Rule and replace it with a rule that is more protective of vital water bodies. In August EPA held a series of listening sessions to gather public input on its plan. This is the testimony I gave to EPA.

Minnesota Victories for our Health adn Environment!
July 1, 2021

The Minnesota legislative special session is concluded - and we're happy to announce several victories!