Civic Engagement and Democracy

History has shown that political pressure needs to be exerted on our representatives in order to achieve progressive environmental policy and stem the erosion of existing protections. Clean Water Action harnesses the grassroots power of our membership by endorsing in elections from the local to national level.

Rhode Island State House. Photo credit: jiawangkun / Shutterstock

2016 Legislative Results

Clean Water Action actively supported legislation dealing with Rhode Island’s energy future, toxic chemicals in consumer products, and protecting and preserving open spaces and recreational areas vital to the health of our communities and the growth of tourism and hospitality industries.

Recent Actions

Dams Versus Groundwater: Let's Convince The Water Commission

Convince the California Water Commission to think about the elephant in the room on water bond spending. 

Press Releases

March 1, 2013

Clean Water Action called on Congress today to take emergency action to suspend the automatic across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration” as the President continues to negotiate with Congress.

May 5, 2015

LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.  

Civic Engagement and Democracy Blog Posts

June 30, 2016

Advocating for environmental issues in the Rhode Island General Assembly is a complicated process that requires persistence, patience and creative approaches. Economic growth and job creation - not the environment - are often the first concerns on the minds of lawmakers.

Images of the June Train Derailment in Baltimore. Credit - Jennifer Kunze / Clean Water Action
June 24, 2016

On Monday, June 13 residents of Baltimore woke to the news that a freight train carrying hazardous materials had derailed inside the Howard Street Tunnel, a century-old freight tunnel that runs for almost two miles underneath downtown Baltimore.

Abagail and Sam - Clean Water Interns.
June 23, 2016

Two Baltimore City college students are working with us this summer, spending half their time going door-to-door with our canvass team to educate communities about environmental issues and half their time doing their own research and community organizing work.   I asked them why they chose to spend their summer interning with Clean Water Action, and here’s what they said – check it out!