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.

Harmful Algal Blooms and Drinking Water

In summer 2014 the residents in and around Toledo, Ohio were told not to drink, cook, or bathe with the water from their faucets.

Recent Actions

Take Action for Clean Water Now - Let's Block The Dirty Water Rule!

Governor Christie’s Administration is dismantling key clean water protections, increasing flooding and polluting drinking water.

Let's hold big agriculture accountable for nitrate pollution

We’ve known since the 1970s that big agriculture is responsible for serious nitrate pollution problems in California, but until recently, state regulators have let them off the hook.

Don't Mess with Onion Creek

Contact your state legislators and TCEQ and tell them to reject the permit application for discharging 995,000 gallons of treated sewage into Onion Creek each day.

Tell Attorney General Schuette to Protect Michigan's Environment

Our Attorney General should be upholding our rights – including our right to safe, drinkable water and clean, breathable air. Disappointingly, he has been undermining those rights and putting polluting interests ahead of our health and environment.

Press Releases

September 22, 2016

Action needed given Christie's failures to heed scientific advice on known contamination in New Jersey

August 11, 2016

A new Harvard study released yesterday listed Minnesota as one of thirteen states with the most frequent detections of PFASs chemicals in drinking water.

July 21, 2016

Trenton, NJ--Today at the Statehouse environmental groups and clean water advocates are standing up against the Christie Administration's 2-prong attack to weaken DEP's Flood Hazard Rules.

Water Blog Posts

Water from a facuet: Photo credit:  nikkytok / Shutterstock
September 22, 2016

It’s a great day when drinking water is front and center and when we’re focusing on controlling upstream threats, increasing investment and addressing those suffering from extreme drinking water crisis like what has happened in Flint, Michigan. We should be putting drinking water first every day.

September 19, 2016

We all live downstream

Water: The heart of all life

 IS life

Is the new oil

All catchy. All true. But what do I really love about water?

Water protectors at the No DAPL Protest. Credit - Joe Brusky - Creative Commons
September 12, 2016

But what’s unique here is the opposition being led by Native folks, who insist on being referred to as ‘protectors’ rather than protesters. This is because their opposition to the ‘Black Snake’, as many of them call the pipeline, is based on concern about a spill on the mighty Missouri, the continent’s longest river, and the source of drinking and irrigation water for the reservation’s residents and millions of others. They assert encroachment by private interests on their ancestral lands.