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.

Manmade canal on a sunny day. Photo credit: nayneung1 / Shutterstock

Putting Drinking Water First - the Reports

“Act like drinking water matters.” This approach has always been at the core of Clean Water Action’s programs.

Recent Actions

Stop Trump and his Polluter Friends’ Dirty Budget!

Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative to protect funding for clean air and water. Don’t gut vital protections!

Thank legislators and Governor Dayton for new law on school lead testing

Help us thank the legislature and Governor Dayton for taking an important step toward ensuring safe drinking water for kids across Minnesota, because we need policies that put drinking water first, and keep our kids healthy.

Prioritize Environmental Protection in the Next Legislative Session

Take action today and urge your legislators to prioritize clean water, the environment and public health.

Tell Pittsburgh City Council to Invest in Green Infrastructure today!

Tell your City Councilor to make an investment into our communities by helping to fund the final design of this amazing green infrastructure project!

Press Releases

October 18, 2017

"We've done this before - we were there during the campaign to pass the Clean Water Act and we have fought  to protect clean water ever since. We are already pounding the pavement and knocking on doors in neighborhoods throughout the nation and in the halls of Congress to make sure we put our health and the environment before the needs of polluters and special interests."

 

September 15, 2017

"The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has failed Americans once again by turning their backs on families and handing out giveaways to polluters."

September 13, 2017

This is a reckless decision and a slap in the face to anyone who thinks that public health should be prioritized over industry bottom-lines. Scott Pruitt's EPA is doing what it does best - pandering to polluters who line the pockets of their allies on Capitol Hill with campaign donations.

Water Blog Posts

November 3, 2017

The days are now getting shorter, and while we’ve rolled back our clocks we will not roll back our water protections. Here’s what your Maryland Clean Water Action office has been up to as we fight federal rollbacks and push Maryland forward.

Maryland forest in late summer
November 3, 2017

Maryland is losing forests to development daily, but forests serve an important role in our ecosystem, and we cannot afford to lose them.

Forests have more value than just how their proximity increases property values. They're not just nice to look at; we cannot afford to chop down and fragment our remaining forests in an endless pursuit of new development. When we remove forests for houses and pavement, we create more problems with flooding, pollution, and climate change.

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October 19, 2017

In Frederick County, MD, there are several competing theories about the source of the name of the Monocacy River.  One is that it meant “muddy waters” in the language of the Native Americans who lived there.  That certainly makes sense when you look at it – in living memory, the Monocacy has been a muddy river, with severe sedementation problems that make the river run red and brown after a rainstorm.  But others say that Monnockkesey was the Shawnee name for the river: “river with many bends.”  That’s certainly true: the largest Maryland tributary to the Potomac, the river makes many curve