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.

Living Safely With Lead - Safety Tip Guide

Contents: Keeping lead out of house dust; Cleaning up lead dust; Avoiding contact with lead in soil; Safe Drinking Water; Lead Paint Safety; More ways to keep children lead-safe

Recent Actions

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!

Hold DEQ Accountable for Failures in Plainfield Township

Recent Freedom of Information Act requests have shown that Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality knew about PFAS contamination in Plainfield Township’s drinking water, and failed to act for months, keeping residents health at risk.

Protect Virginia's Waterways From Toxic Coal Ash!

Coal ash, waste produced when coal is burned for energy, contains toxic heavy metals that have contaminated local waterways in the Commonwealth due to unsafe, unstable storage ponds.

We Need to Protect Groundwater in Minnesota

Tell MDA that you want a stronger rule to protect all Minnesotans drinking water and do it in a timely way that protects our health.

Press Releases

June 21, 2018

"House Republicans plowed under common sense protections for clean water with provisions that would repeal safeguards for streams, wetlands, and drinking water and make it easier for toxic pesticides to get into our rivers and lakes."

“Michigan does not need Line 5, yet our state bears all the risks associated with a devastating Line 5 oil spill and gets next to nothing in return,” said Sean McBrearty, Clean Water Action’s Michigan Program Organizer.

June 15, 2018

"If Scott Pruitt was truly concerned with protecting clean water and providing clarity to small businesses and communities, he would stop this scheme to gut vital safeguards for drinking water sources and direct EPA to implement the 2015 Rule."

Water Blog Posts

Capitol Building - Washington DC
May 22, 2018

238 Members of Congress put the needs of corporate polluters, developers, and industrial agriculture before the priorities of their constituents.

White River, VT
May 21, 2018

This internship has left me with a greater appreciation for the field of communications. It’s been rewarding to learn how to write in all different styles and for different readers, too. I know that this experience will help me to be a more successful communicator in the science field.

Septic tank lid. photo: flickr.com/mmwm (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
May 9, 2018

Each year, 9.4 billion gallons of raw sewage flow into our lakes and rivers from leaking septic systems, but Michigan is the only state in the U.S. without a uniform sanitary code requiring periodic inspections of septic systems.