Strengthening Clean Water Protections

Clean Water is working to ensure that small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act’s pollution control programs.  The Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule restores safeguards to most streams and wetlands and protects the drinking water sources for more than 117 million people.

Stream, image from the surface of the water. Photo credit: Olesya Mishkina / Shutterstock

No Polluter Giveaways in 2016

Throughout all of 2015, Clean Water members joined together to defend programs that protect clean water, reduce air pollution, and safeguard land and wildlife.

Clean Water Currents | Spring 2016

Clean Water Currents Spring 2016

In this issue: Putting Drinking Water First; EPA and Congress Take Action; Curbing Climate Pollution from the Oil and Gas Industry Now, Not Later; New Methane Standards in Pennsylvania; Aliso Canyon and Lost Hills: Symptons of a Broken System; and more.

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Putting Drinking Water First: The Clean Water Rule

Clean Water’s Putting Drinking Water First approach means making drinking water impacts a primary consideration when developing regulations and other programs involving upstream activities that can impact downstream drinking water sources.
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Protecting Clean Water - The President Gets It

Washington - Last night the President vetoed S.J. Res 22, a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Clean Water Rule, the Administration’s landmark initiative to restore critical Clean Water Act protections to our nation’s streams, wetlands and other water bodies.

Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released this statement:

From We All Live Downstream

Blackstone River Waterfall. Photo credit: scott conner / Shutterstock
May 27, 2016

As public attention is focused on drinking water in light of the crisis in Flint, Michigan you would think that clarifying that we want to protect all of our water resources would be a no brainer. But the Clean Water Rule remains tangled up in litigation brought by powerful special interests and some states, including Michigan. 

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April 22, 2016

The first Earth Day helped drag us kicking and screaming into realizing that we were destroying this planet that sustains us.  Still, too many people think of “the Earth” as an esoteric concern.

Image - Thank you to President Obama for vetoing SJ Res 22. Photo credit: artjazz / Shutterstock. Alterations by Clean Water Action
January 20, 2016

Despite massive popular support for the Clean Water Rule, Republicans in Congress have tried to stop it since the day it was proposed. They finally got enough votes in both Houses to get something to the President's desk - SJ Res 22, a "Resolution of Disapproval" under the Congress Review Act. President Obama vetoed Congress' latest attempt to kill commonsense safeguards for our water last night. It seems like it took him all of 30 seconds to make the decision. This a huge win for anyone who cares about clean water.