Civic Engagement and Democracy

Clean Water Action harnesses the grassroots power of our membership by endorsing in elections from the local to national level to elect progressive environmental champions who will work to protect clean water and fight climate change

US Capitol Building at sunrise. Photo credit: trekandshoot/Shutterstock

Winning Elections for Our Water

Since 2006, Clean Water Action has endorsed 1,715 candidates, helping 1,208 (70%) win their races.

An Inappropriate Nomination: The Senate Should Reject Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator

“It’s outrageous that the President thinks it is appropriate to formally nominate Andrew Wheeler to lead EPA while the agency is shut down because of the President’s radical demand for an unnecessary and ecologically destructive border wall."

 

Celebrating the Start of the Next Chapter

"We are eager to get to work to protect our water and health, strengthen our democracy, and fight for justice."

 

Clean Water Action Calls on the Senate to Reject Brett Kavanaugh

"Throughout his career Judge Kavanaugh has ruled for coal companies and other polluters,  attempted to restrict EPA's ability to protect human health and the environment, and sided with attempted to allow states to undermine federal laws to protect our air and water. We can't afford another justice who will put the needs or corporations and special interests before the health of our communities."

From We All Live Downstream

Minnesota State Capitol
April 6, 2021

The Minnesota Legislature has been in session since January 6th, without many final actions to show for the time spent. In the past 12 weeks there has been a flurry of activity in the House and Senate, although from the perspective of clean water there are stark contrasts between the directions that they are headed in the remaining weeks until they adjourn on May 16th.

Senate

A "I'm Voting" sticker edited to read "I Voted!"
March 3, 2021

Years ago I volunteered on election day outside a suburban Detroit polling station at a majority Black precinct, speaking to voters about an renewable energy ballot proposal.

Forward. Together.
January 20, 2021

"We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be a country that is bruised, but whole, benevolent, but bold, fierce, and free. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation."  -- Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate, January 20, 2021

I was angry.