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.

U.S. Capitol Building / photo: shutterstock, Cvandyke

Tracking the Dirty Water Agenda

Big polluters have stacked Congress and the Trump Administration with their friends, and they have already started handing out favors. The polluter friendly agenda calls for rolling back our most vital protections for our water, air, climate and health.

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.

Hold Your Senators Accountable for Approving Scott Pruitt

The Senate approved Scott Pruitt's nomination to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in a nearly party-line vote.

Scott Pruitt is a reckless choice to lead EPA.

Help Stop Rollbacks to Our Clean Water Protections

Clean water is under attack in the legislature, and we need you to help us stand up for our lakes, rivers, and safe drinking water, by asking your legislators and the Governor to oppose all environmental rollbacks!

Press Releases

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."

February 24, 2017

This is an assault on the commonsense protections Americans rely on to keep our water drinkable and our air breathable.

February 28, 2017

We don't get clean water by gutting protections for streams and wetlands and we won't protect public health by ignoring science.

Water Blog Posts

A picture of Little Tuscarora Creek in Frederick County. The banks are slightly eroded.  Several mature trees are leaning over toward the water on the left, while newly-planted trees are on the right.
March 22, 2017

In the 1970s, 88% of American children had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Today that number is less than 1%.  Bald eagles, once nearly extinct, have made a dramatic comeback.  The US has cut air pollution 70% while our economy has tripled.  

question mark / photo: flickr.com/debord (CC BY-NC 2.0)
March 14, 2017

Last week, we introduced you to Donald Trump’s “beachhead hires” at EPA – executive branch staff who can be influential in determining an agency’s mission under a new President. Today, we’ll take a look at the Department of Energy beachhead hires.

Lead Service Line
March 14, 2017

There’s no magic solution to the challenges of lead service line replacement, but there are local, state and federal policies that could support communities and water systems in this effort.