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.

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.

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

Power Plant Water PollutionMake 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!

  • Download our Fact Sheet
  • Read Putting Drinking Water First: Curbing Power Plants' Toxic Pollution
  • Read To Protect Public Health, Put Drinking Water First, Not Polluter Profits

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.

Chesapeake Currents | Spring 2013

chesapeake currents

Spring 2013 Edition


Building on Past Victories to Protect Maryland’s Water

Last year’s landmark Watershed Protection and Restoration Act victory has energized local governments in Baltimore and Maryland’s largest counties to develop new funding for reducing pollution from streets and parking lots. Local jurisdictions will enact stormwater utility fees, ending subsidies to developers who have long avoided accountability for pollution flowing from paved areas. These local measures will generate millions of dollars to help residents and businesses to improve water management. This will reduce torrential and devastating flows and flooding downstream and capture rain water that can be used for many purposes, including cultivation of green landscapes. Read More

Sustainable DC Plan Debfrief

On March 28th at Noon, join the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) for a special de-brief on Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC plan that was officially released on February 20, 2013. This event will take place at the offices of the DC Environmental Network, 1100 15th Street, 11th Floor. All are welcome!  RSVP Here!
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