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.

Corroded lead pipes

Get Lead Service Lines out of Malden!

Currently, at least 25% of the service lines that deliver water into homes are made out of lead - a dangerous neurotoxin.

Recent Actions

Support Michigan Clean Water and Green Energy Budget Investments

Governor Whitmer has proposed several important investments to rebuild our water infrastructure, protecting children from lead poisoning, and investing in clean energy and energy efficiency.

Tell Virginia legislators: Take action to control and prevent toxic pollutants that threaten our health

Now’s the time to raise your voice on key restrictions on toxic PFAS chemicals in Virginia. Urge legislators to pledge their support for these toxic pollution prevention priorities this session:

    Help us make polluters pay in Michigan

    From 1990 until 1995, Michigan had the strongest “polluter pay” law in the country.

    Water Blog Posts

    Bioswales lhelp control storm water bring beauty of nature to urban campus. Photo By Dave Everett
    September 21, 2021

    It’s Fall!  Here are Some Tips for Healthy Fall Yard and Gardens While Protecting Our Water!

    Kid drinking water from a glass
    September 7, 2021

    Lead exposure is a problem that America has been facing for decades. The EPA estimates that lead in drinking water can account for 20% of a person's exposure to lead (Lead and Drinking Water). Currently, there are lead service lines in up to ten million homes across the country. Replacing them comes at a high cost.

    Smoky Mountain stream. Photo credit: ehrlif / Shutterstock
    September 2, 2021

    I’ve been working on the question of what water should be protected by the Clean Water Act for 19 years. Polluters and their allies in Congress have been trying to remove some water bodies from the Act’s jurisdiction for just as long, so you would think I ran out of outrage a long time ago. But no.