Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake

In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay.  The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010.  That deadline will not be met.

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.

Protect Virginia's Water from Oil and Gas Drilling!

You know how important our water is in Virginia. From the Shenandoah to the Chesapeake, our streams, lake, and bays provide innumerable environmental, social, and economic benefits. That’s why proposed oil and gas drilling in the tidewater region, and the lack of common sense protections, make no sense. Many of these waterways are already imperiled and this proposal would threaten them even more! Click here to take action to protect the Tidewater region now!

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.

2013 Virginia State Legislative Endorsements

You know how important water is to our economy, health and quality of life in the Commonwealth. That’s why this election is so critical. Tomorrow you need to be a clean water voter – find your polling location here and go vote!

You're not just deciding who your next Governor will be. You're choosing an Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, and Delegate too. Those politicians are the ones who will make decisions about protecting water, health, and the environment on your behalf.  Voters like you will make the difference in all of those races. Make your voice heard on Tuesday, November 5th – and make sure your friends and family join you – we need to turnout as many voters like you as possible.

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.

Polluting Power Plants in Virginia

There are 16 power plants in Virginia that dump toxic wastewater into lakes, streams, and rivers. They dump millions of pounds of pollution* into our water every year. Click on the icons on the map to learn more about the power plant in your community.

Help us stop this toxic mess. Click here to tell EPA to end Power Plant Water Pollution

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.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has proposed long-overdue power plant pollution standards to limit the amount of toxic metals and other chemicals that can be dumped in our water. Unfortunately the coal industry is already trying to block them.Make sure the president hears from you today

Tell the president to stop power plant water pollution today!

Victory! Virginia’s Uranium Mining Ban Remains Intact

January 31, 2013 was the vote that never happened. Clean Water Action and allies won a critical battle in the fight to keep Virginia’s current uranium mining ban in place. This was the date when the State Senate’s environmental committee was scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 1353, a bill to regulate uranium mining at the Coles Hill site in Pittsylvania County. If passed, the bill would have effectively ended the state’s thirty-one year ban on uranium mining, beginning what could have been a long, ferocious fight on the issue.

Instead, bill sponsor Sen. John C. Watkins withdrew his bill, presumably knowing from his count of likely votes that the measure was doomed to fail.

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