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.

Barton Spring. photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

Join the #NoDrippingSewage campaign to protect our Hill Country water!

Sign the petition today showing your support a ban on dumping treated sewage into creeks above the Edwards Aquifer in favor of safer alternatives.

Recent Actions

Michigan families should not foot the bill for outdated infrastructure!

Contact your Representative today and tell them to replace our water infrastructure instead of shifting the burden of failing infrastructure to Michigan families.

Stop the Dirty Budget and the Dirty Water Rider!

Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative to protect funding for clean air and water. Don’t gut vital protections!

Get the Lead out of Michigan’s Drinking Water

Strengthening our Lead and Copper Rule is the first step to ensure all Michigan communities are protected from the devastating health impacts of lead in drinking water. Help us “get the lead out” by submitting your public comment today.

Pledge to hold Shady Schuette Accountable!

Sign our pledge today to get involved with our efforts to hold Bill Schuette accountable for his record of protecting major corporate polluters at the expense of the Great Lakes.

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Press Releases

January 25, 2018

Philadelphia, PA – An outpouring of support for protection of the region’s drinking water by the adoption of a complete ban on fracking in the Delaware River Watershed was expressed by people and organizations from all four states that flow to the basin at the Delaware River Basin Commission’s public hearings in Philadelphia on Thursday, January 25.

January 24, 2018

A large swath of forest and wetlands will be  permanently preserved and Great Adventure will build a large portion of the solar arrays needed to power the amusements in parking lots, according to an agreement reached by a coalition of environmental groups, KDC Solar Inc., and Six Flags Great Adventure.

January 22, 2018

"There is no excuse for EPA and the Army Corps to continue delaying protecting  streams, wetlands, and our drinking water from polluters. The Trump administration should do what any responsible administration would do  ─ implement the Clean Water Rule wherever possible and vigorously defend it in the federal district courts. This would provide clarity to stakeholders across the nation while ensuring that the drinking water for 1 in 3 of us is protected."

 

Water Blog Posts

January 26, 2018

Baltimore's sewage system is in trouble.  Sanitary sewage outfalls allow untreated sewage to spill into our streams during rainstorms.  Overflowing pipes spill water into our streets, and even our basements.  And major capital improvements are needed at our wastewater treatment facilities and throughout the system for Baltimore to clean up our waterways that lead to the Inner Harbor and keep pollution out of our neighborhoods.

Peter Lockwood
January 22, 2018

If you want to make change, you have to get involved. It's an ethos we live by at Clean Water Action and it was embodied by one of our founding board members, Peter Lockwood.

Peter was a tax lawyer and a champion for clean water. He was a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall during his first term on the Supreme Court. He traveled to the south during Freedom Summer and was part of the civil rights movement throughout the 60s. He helped found Clean Water Action in 1972 and was a guiding light for the organization for more than 40 years. He will be missed, sorely.

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January 22, 2018

“If you ever think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito!” — Wendy Lesko

Meet the First Lego League team 18249, The Puggles! They are a small but mighty team working together to come up with solutions to stop hydraulic fracturing (fracking) waste from harming water resources.