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.

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Phone Bank to Protect the Chesapeake Bay, and the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers

Clean Water is hosting phonebanks in October and November to mobilize clean water voters to support reducing pollution in our local water ways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

Recent Actions

Tell the Board of Pharmacy: Don't Obstruct Take-Back Programs!

Tell the Board of Pharmacy today to endorse the DEA’s safety rules for drug disposal programs and get out of the way of protecting our water and our communities.

Protect the Potomac and James Rivers Toxic Coal Ash

In January the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) issued Dominion Power two permits to drain over 300 million gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James River.

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.

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

Street drain, stormwater runoff. Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock
October 21, 2016

This past Monday, Governor Hogan’s Administration circulated a press release praising local governments for having "met their requirements under state law to develop financing plans to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and protect and restore local waters and the Chesapeake Bay."  But most of these plans don't actually meet the requirements of the law.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
October 18, 2016

Forty-four years ago today the Clean Water Act, our nation’s groundbreaking water law, was enacted.