Putting Drinking Water First #2: The Definition of Waters of the US Under the Clean Water Act

Putting Drinking Water First

The Definition of Waters of the U.S. Under the Clean Water Act - Read the report
  • We can’t all live upstream: Smaller water bodies are connected to larger water bodies downstream.
  • Natural water infrastructure: Streams and wetlands play a vital role in healthy watersheds.
  • Protect drinking water:   Streams and wetlands affect drinking water quality and quantity.
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.

This is the second in a series of white papers that illustarate the importance of Putting Drinking Water First. Read the first paper here.

Recent incidents of widespread drinking water service disruption have drawn attention to the importance of protecting drinking water sources from contamination.

Americans Expect Their Elected Officials to Protect Clean Water

The new Congress could be one of the most hostile to clean water and other environmental concerns, based on the new leadership's extreme anti-environment records and positions. But that's not what the American people want, and it's not what they voted for." -- Bob Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO

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11/05/2014 - 12:49

A Failing Grade: Clean Water Action Releases Its Scorecard on the 113th Congress

October 23, 2014

Washington, DC - Congress is failing the American people on protecting the environment and communities, according to Clean Water Action's Scorecard for the 113th Congress. In 2013 and 2014, the US House of Representatives voted numerous times to block progress in restoring protections to small streams and wetlands and safeguarding communities from toxic coal ash. While few of these measures passed the Senate, that may no longer be the case after the upcoming election.

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10/23/2014 - 10:42


From We All Live Downstream

739,794 comments and countingOctober 22, 2014 was historic. Today we showcased nearly 750,000 public comments (that's three quarters of a million, and counting) from people like you to EPA Water's Deputy Assistant Administrator, Ken Kopocis, staff from US Army Corp of Engineers, and to Maryland’s US Senator Ben Cardin. We showed them the broad public support for EPA's proposal to protect the nation's streams and wetlands. They were enthralled. Kopocis said at one point, "Clean water provides a boom to the economy...brewers, recreation & agriculture depend on clean water." And it’s TRUE, all the little things we take for granted every day absolutely depend on clean water and healthy watersheds.

Organizations Deliver Comments To EPA From More Than 700,000 Americans Who Support Clean Water

WASHINGTON – More than 700,000 Americans have written to support a plan to protect streams and wetlands nationwide that are vulnerable to pollution, and on Wednesday, a diverse coalition of conservation organizations and clean water advocates delivered their comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. The two agencies have proposed a rule that will help fix problematic language in the Clean Water Act that leaves streams, wetlands and other water bodies vulnerable to pollution.
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10/22/2014 - 09:46

Scorecard - the 113th Congress

TWO YEARS AGO, we reported that fundamental public health and environmental protections were under attack in the 112th Congress. The situation has remained largely the same to date in the 113th Congress. 

In 2013 and 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block federal agency progress in all of Clean Water Action’s priority campaign areas, including restoring Clean Water Act protection to streams and wetlands and cleaning up toxic coal ash. Similar measures have not been able to pass in the U.S. Senate.

Protect Clean Water Posters

Clean Water Action has built a unique partnership with the Design As Service program at Messiah College that prepares designs for our advocacy projects. Design As Service connects design students up with non-profit organizations. Messiah College's Distinguished Professor of Art and Design, Kathy T Hettinga, founded Design As Service and is its Art Director.

These particular images were produced in a design class on Digital Illustration.

“Toast to Tap” Event to Celebrate Value of Safe Drinking Water for Our Health and Local Economy

Washington area celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

October 2, 2014— Regional water utilities, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, national water organizations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency organized a “Toast to Tap” celebration on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Congress passed the Act in 1974 and authorized the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate drinking water supplies by setting water quality and delivery standards. Hosted in the Park at CityCenter in Northwest DC, the event brought together members of the water community and local businesses to highlight the value of safe water to the metro region. 

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10/02/2014 - 05:58

Comments on Proposed Determination to Restrict the Use of an Area as a Disposal Site; Pebble Deposit Area, Southwest Alaska

Alaska Wilderness League ■ American Rivers ■ Clean Water Action ■ Earthjustice ■ Environment America ■ League of Conservation Voters ■ National Audubon Society ■ National Parks Conservation Association ■ Native American Rights Fund ■ Natural Resources Defense Council ■ Sierra Club

September 19, 2014

Water Docket # EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(Mail Code: 2822T)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

The faces of the new climate movement

The numbers are in. The People’s Climate March brought out more than 300,000 people Sunday in New York City, according to organizers, making it the largest climate demonstration in history.
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