Civic Engagement and Democracy

Clean Water Action harnesses grassroots power by engaging and mobilizing our members and endorsing clean water leaders in elections from the local to national level.

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Donald Trump Will Not Have the Last Word on Our Water

We know what Donald Trump has said he will do when it comes to clean water and public health. He promised to appoint oil industry insiders and climate change deniers to federal agencies.

Recent Actions

Get Money Out of Politics Today!

The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.

Pledge to go Beyond Voting

Pledge to go Beyond Voting this year- when regular people make the effort to get involved, we have government that works for all- not just corporations and special interests.

Press Releases

November 22, 2016

Long Branch, NJ - "This is frustrating but it's not a time to retreat.

November 9, 2016

This is frustrating but it's not a time to retreat. This is a moment for anyone who wants to protect clean water, act on climate, and improve public health to come together and take action.

Make “House Call” on South Carolina Company Spending the Most To Overturn Environmental Protections, Persist with Plastic Pollution

Civic Engagement and Democracy Blog Posts

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December 6, 2016

What does it take to motivate people to get involved and fight for something that they believe in? Our recipe for change has three essential ingredients: anger, hope, and a plan.

Anger – righteous anger at injustice – is what shakes us out of complacency and apathy. Hope – a belief that things can be better – is what drives us to action. And a plan – a workable strategy and series of concrete steps – is the blueprint we need to prove to ourselves change is possible. Take away any of those ingredients and our recipe falls apart.

Capitol Dome in Annapolis, view of the Bay. Photo credit: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock
November 30, 2016

In Maryland, the General Assembly meets every year for ninety days, from January to April. During this time, the State’s legislators introduce legislation on a variety of issues and must work together to pass a budget for the year ahead. With the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session quickly approaching, Clean Water Action is putting together an ambitious plan to advocate for important legislation that will protect and preserve the environment.

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November 23, 2016

Last week I outlined the numbing reality of climate change denier, Myron Ebell, leading the EPA transition team. Ebell is still in the running for the top EPA Administer job, but the odds favor a more under the radar candidate.