Clean Water Action Statement on the Violence in Charlottesville

Monday, August 14, 2017

Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017.

What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday is intolerable. Our hearts go out to the family of Heather Heyer and to all of those who were injured and harassed while protesting against white supremacy and racism. This hatred has no place in our society whether it plays out in violence, in white supremacist torch marches like we saw Friday, in environmental racism, or in every day events that often go unreported. All Americans should be outraged and should demand that our elected officials and civic leaders join us in condemning Saturday's violence and in taking action to end institutional racism in this country.


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.


Michael Kelly