Water

Clean water is the foundation for healthy & prosperous communities. While our nation has made significant progress since the 1970’s in cleaning up many of our rivers, bays and other vital water resources, we still face significant water quality and quantity challenges. Drinking water sources are threatened by pollution and overconsumption, and some of these threats are made worse by climate change.

Illustration - pollution in the city. Image credit: Artisticco / Shutterstock

Another Trump Attack on Protections for Water, Air, and Health

The Trump administration is in the middle of a dangerous and destructive streak of giving polluters and corporate campaign donors whatever they want.

Recent Actions

Safe Drinking Water for Flint and Michigan

Support and stand in solidarity with the people of Flint.

Flint residents have been living with poisoned water and they need all Michiganders to help amplify their voices and make sure that the community gets what it needs.

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.

Rhode Island’s Bottle Deposit Bill

Recycling here in Rhode Island is mediocre at best. In 2015, our municipal recycling rate hovered around 25% -- an unimpressive figure when compared to other states. And commercial recycling rates are even lower.

Protect the Edwards Aquifer from Sewage

Contact your legislators today and tell them to support legislation (HB 3467 / SB S.B. 1796, and HB 3036) to ban future discharges of treated sewage into waterways within the Edwards Aquifer contributing and recharge zones.

Press Releases

May 23, 2017

Asbury Park, New Jersey-- Clean Water Action, in partnership with the Asbury Park Boardwalk, is launching a “Straws by Request” program this Memorial Day Weekend. Participating establishments include Oyster Bar, The Anchor's Bend, Beach Bar and Wonder Bar. Drinking straws will be given to customers only by request. Look for the signage and educational postcards located at both the entrance, tabletops and the bars. Clean Water Action and the Asbury Park Boardwalk encourage all customers to participate.

May 3, 2017

“By allowing power plants to continue to dump chemicals into drinking water sources, Trump’s EPA is putting polluter profits above protecting public health,” said Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director for Clean Water Action.  “For decades, power plants have been dumping toxic metals and other harmful contaminants, including bromide, which creates cancer-causing byproducts during drinking water treatment. Absent strong safeguards to limit this pollution, drinking water systems and their customers will continue to bear the burden of unchecked power plant water pollution.”

 

March 16, 2017

"This is a reckless and dangerous budget. It's also completely unsurprising. President Trump has made his priorities perfectly clear - he will put polluters first at all costs."

Water Blog Posts

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May 24, 2017

Every day in the U.S., people use 500 million straws a day - enough to circle to planet more than two-and-a-half times! Straws are now one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. And by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

So, what do we do about it?

Florida Capitol Building / photo: istock, happyjones
May 15, 2017

On May 8, 2017 the Florida legislature adjourned. With more than 3,000 bills introduced in both Chambers, there were a handful of bills that would affect water quality and clean energy. Here are the most important wins and losses.

May 12, 2017

Last year, your overwhelming support passed the Charles County Comprehensive Plan. The plan called for some great things, such as preventing sprawl development around the Mattawoman Creek and the headwaters of the Port Tobacco River through a Watershed Conservation District.

Now we need your help to make sure that the planned Watershed Conservation District is implemented! The development lobby has testified in opposition to the Watershed Conservation District, and instead of protecting green spaces it wants to fill them with 17,000 more houses.