District of Columbia

Canvass Director and Assistant Canvass Director Positions Now Available

Clean Water Action is the nation’s largest grassroots group focused on water, energy and environmental health.  Clean Water Action’s 1 million members participate in Clean Water Action’s programs for clean, water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, and creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses.  Clean Water Action’s nonpartisan campaigns empower people to make democracy work.

Mind the Store

Mind the StoreAs the campaign to reform U.S. chemical safety policies continues on its multi-year path to update our laws in Congress, Clean Water Action has joined a related effort seeking leadership in safer chemicals and safer products from top retailers across the nation – the Mind the Store campaign.

Statement of Clean Water Action Chesapeake Program Director Andrew Fellows

Council of the District of Columbia
Transportation and Environment Committee
DC Water Annual Oversight Hearing

February 25, 2014

Clean Water Action urges the Council to consider, in their oversight role, the potential of DC Water’s proposed Green Infrastructure Plan to reduce the combined sewer overflows which threaten our valuable water resources while providing other benefits for the District. The Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project being developed by DC Water, the District of Columbia’s Department of the Environment (DOE) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will use modern water management technologies to reduce water flow into storm drains, significantly reduce or eliminate combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and reduce sedimentation from bank erosion that results from high water flows after significant rain events.

Make a Year End Gift for Clean Water in the Chesapeake Today!

Clean Water Art WorkWe need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for Maryland, Virginia, DC, and throughout the country.

Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff,
reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.

Chesapeake Currents | Late Summer 2013

chesapeake currents
late summer 2013 edition

Saving Montgomery County's Ten Mile Creek

Ten Mile Creek, the “last best creek,” is threatened by a proposed development in Clarksburg, in northwest Montgomery County. The proposed final and optional phase of a build-out in what was a rural area would be certain to degrade Ten Mile Creek’s water quality.

In addition to its status as a valuable natural area, the creek is a backup drinking water source for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers, increasing the issue’s importance for most Montgomery and Prince George’s County residents.

Many citizens from already-developed parts of the Clarksburg area are raising their voices about how further development could harm their quality of life as well as the creek. Advocates have added their voices to the debate, as the proposed development would be the antithesis the “smarth growth” ideal of walkable urban places with nearby public transit. Instead, this development would cause needless natural resource degradation and increase dependence on long-distance travel.

Protecting Clean Water - Our 2014 Annual Event

Event_Collage_10.30.14a2.pngClean Water Action, along with our members, has been taking action for clean water for more than 40 years. We couldn't do it without you - and it's time to celebrate. Join us in November to look back at 2014, get ready for 2015, and have a good time. Click here to get your tickets.

  • Friday, November 14, 2014, 6-8pm
  • The Mansion on O Street
  • 2020 O Street NW | Washington, DC | 20036

Meet other Clean Water Action members, talk with board members, and learn more from Clean Water Action staff. Hope to see you there!

For information about sponsoring our 2014 Annual Event, please click here.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Power Plant Water Pollution Press Releases

New Report Shows 16 Coal-fired Power Plants in Michigan Discharge Toxic Pollution Highlighting Critical Need for Strong Federal Standards


Why Should Coal Plants Be Able to Contaminate our Drinking Water? Take Action


Is there a polluting power plant near you? Find out here.

Make sure President Obama knows that you want him to put drinking water first by ending the power plant industry’s unlimited permit to pollute our rivers, lakes, and bays with toxic wastewater. . Many coal plants discharge their wastewater in rivers, streams and lakes directly upstream of drinking water intakes and some of these vital drinking water sources have been contaminated with arsenic, lead, mercury and other nasty chemicals.  In September 2015, EPA will finalize the first ever national water pollution standards to limit the amount of toxic metals, nutrients and other harmful pollutants that are  dumped into our water.

Tell the president to stop power plant water pollution today!

Lower Beaverdam Creek Clean Up

We found a lawnmower!Clean Water Action was recently a partner in the Earth Conservation Corps’ 2013 Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Lower Beaver Dam Creek Clean up.

STLF's mission is to reveal leadership through service relationships, and action, they engage college, high school, and middle school students in service and leadership. Together with Anacostia Riverkeeper, Groundwork Anacostia, Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek, Friends of Quincy Run, and the Town of Cheverly we were able to pull out 52 tires, 135 bags of trash, 60 bags of trash, two car bumpers, two bikes, a lawnmower, and weed whacker from the water. In total we had 250 students volunteer for this event.

Strengthening DC Water Standards in 2013

Momentum is building for improved standards to protect the Anacostia, Potomac and other rivers, streams and creeks from pollution that is washed off of streets and other paved surfaces. Proposed new “stormwater” regulations are a vast improvement over current policies.

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