About Clean Water Action New Jersey

NJEF Belmar officeClean Water Action New Jersey is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization fighting to protect natural resources and clean up pollution in New Jersey. Clean Water Action New Jersey is the NJ Chapter of Clean Water Action, a 40 year old national organization based in Washington, DC, and dedicated to organizing citizen efforts to protect the environment.

Clean Water Action opened the New Jersey office in 1982 to expand their Clean Water Act campaign into a state with key congressional representatives. Since then, Clean Water Action has developed into a powerful network of 100 member groups and 150,000 individual members. Clean Water Action lobbies in Trenton and Washington, and has pressured corporations, communities and government agencies to clean up and protect New Jersey's environment & public health.

Clean Water Action has been influential in shaping environmental policy in
New Jersey because its  programs educate citizens and get them involved in the decision-making process. Clean Water Action community organizers bring
local groups together to develop unified campaigns which result in passing effective policies that emphasize pollution prevention. By giving citizen activists hands-on experience in organizing, media relations, research and lobbying, a base of leaders can build a stronger environmental movement throughout the state.

Clean Waetr Action is governed by a membership elected Board of Directors.
Clean Water action currently has 3 offices. The Long Branch (State) and the Montclair (North Jersey) offices have a field canvass which conducts education/outreach campaigns in communities throughout the state. Clean Water Action's phone canvass stays in touch with our members, informing them of new issues and action to be taken. The Trenton office is our legislative headquarters. Its Newark office covers environmental justice issues.

In 1987, the Vote Environment Committee of NJEF (VEC) was formed to endorse and work for candidates who best represent the public interest in environmental issues. The VEC is now New Jersey's largest and most active environmental political action committee.

Clean Water Action receives research and educational support from Clean Water Fund (CWF),
a national non-profit research and education organization working closely with Clean Water Action. Clean Water Fund sponsors projects which increase the public's awareness of environmental issues, such as the award-winning Home Safe Home Exhibit.

For more information, contact our State Office in Long Branch at 732-963-9714 or njcwa@cleanwater.org.