Strengthening Clean Water Protections

Clean Water is working to ensure that small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act’s pollution control programs.  The Clean Water Rule restores safeguards to most streams and wetlands and protects the drinking water sources for more than 117 million people.

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Putting Drinking Water First: The Clean Water Rule

Clean Water’s Putting Drinking Water First approach means making drinking water impacts a primary consideration when developing regulations and other programs involving upstream activities that can impact downstream drinking water sources.
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Senator Markey (D-MA) and the Wheel of Giveaways. Screenshot from CSPAN

Stop the Dirty Water Agenda

Big polluters and their friends in Congress are pushing an extreme agenda to rollback vital laws, regulations, and funding that protect clean water, reduce air pollution, and fight climate change.

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

Harmful Algal Blooms 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.

Our Water is Connected and Small Streams and Wetlands are Critical to Drinking Water

Clean Water Action welcomes publication of EPA's long awaited final science report that shows small streams and wetlands can impact water quality  downstream.

From We All Live Downstream

The Clean Water Rule protects drinking water for 117 million of us
June 27, 2017

We knew this day was coming. Scott Pruitt has tried to gut protections for clean water for years and President Trump made repealing the Clean Water Rule a regular part of his 2016 campaign stump speeches.

April 7, 2017

Last night marked the end of Maryland's 2017 legislative session. This was a wild three months in Annapolis, but we were there for it all, campaigning for our priority issues, adding a few more, and making sure that we were an active voice for clean water throughout.

Ripples on the surface of the water. Credit: 2xWilfinger / Shutterstock
March 2, 2017

In his Joint Address to Congress on Tuesday, President Trump touted he will “promote clean air and clean water.” His remarks came only hours after signing an Executive Order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to “reconsider” their 2015 Clean Water Rule that strengthened clean water protections.