Civic Engagement and Democracy

Clean Water Action harnesses grassroots power by engaging and mobilizing our members and endorsing clean water leaders in elections from the local to national level.

Inauguration. Photo credit: Dan Moore / iStockPhoto

The 2016 Clean Water Voter Guide

The stakes on November 8th are huge for our water, environment, and health. We are mobilizing clean water voters across the country, and focusing on swing states like Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Michigan to elect Hillary Clinton and other leaders who will stand up to polluters and take action to protect clean water.

Recent Actions

Pledge to Vote YES on the Plastic Bag Ban

Act now — sign the pledge to vote yes for California's bag ban on the November ballot.

Get Money Out of Politics Today!

The oil and gas industry, aided by the erosion of campaign finance laws and nearly boundless lobbying budgets, asserts enormous influence over legislative processes in real time while also enjoying legacy influence in regulatory frame- works. The results can be devastating to the health of the environment and the public.

Pledge to go Beyond Voting

Pledge to go Beyond Voting this year- when regular people make the effort to get involved, we have government that works for all- not just corporations and special interests.

Press Releases

Make “House Call” on South Carolina Company Spending the Most To Overturn Environmental Protections, Persist with Plastic Pollution

September 29, 2016

“He understands the threats that our communities face from climate change and has demonstrated leadership in addressing these threats through his support of renewable energy development and his work protecting our rivers, ponds, and oceans. Clean Water Action is proud to endorse Congressman Langevin for Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District.”

September 21, 2016

Scorecard highlights “environmental champions” and ongoing environmental rollbacks being pushed by legislature

Civic Engagement and Democracy Blog Posts

Trump. Credit Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons
October 19, 2016

Donald Trump publically shuns a “rigged system” and the “establishment.” But when it comes to assembling his team of advisors and the personnel he wants to lead government agencies under his administration, he has fully bought into the D.C. energy lobbyist establishment and policies from dark money think tanks.

Hillary CLinton for President. Credit: Joseph Sohm /
October 3, 2016

The Clean Water Act. The Safe Drinking Water Act. Complicated important laws with lofty goals.

We think a lot about these two laws. Together, they represent a vision that we should act like  water matters. That we ought to end pollution into our nation’s water bodies. That what comes out of the tap should be safe to drink.

2015-2016 PA Environmental Scorecard
October 3, 2016

Democracy works best when the electorate is informed and uses that information to hold our elected leaders accountable. That’s why we collaborated with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, PennEnvironment, and Sierra Club to develop the 2015-2016 Pennsylvania Environmental Scorecard