Clean water is the foundation for healthy & prosperous communities. While our nation has made significant progress since the 1970’s in cleaning up many of our rivers, bays and other vital water resources, we still face significant water quality and quantity challenges. Drinking water sources are threatened by pollution and overconsumption, and some of these threats are made worse by climate change.

Corroded pipe with lead service fittings. Credit: Mike Thomas / Creative Commons

Lead and Drinking Water

Lead is a highly poisonous metal and can affect almost every organ in the body and the nervous system. It is a naturally occurring element found, due to human activity, in all parts of our environment.

Recent Actions

Stop The Use of Oil Wastewater for Irrigating Crops

Send a message to stop the irrigation of fruits and vegetables with toxic oil wastewater.

Protect Aquifers from Oilfield Waste!

Please write today to the Sunset Commission and tell it to direct the Railroad Commission to protect underground sources of drinking water, a problem we detailed in a new report.

Tell MDE Don’t Go Backwards on the Bay!

Please tell the Maryland Department of Environment that we can’t afford to go backwards now. Maryland has made too much progress to turn our back on our streams, waterways, and beloved Chesapeake Bay.

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.

Press Releases

September 22, 2016

Action needed given Christie's failures to heed scientific advice on known contamination in New Jersey

August 11, 2016

A new Harvard study released yesterday listed Minnesota as one of thirteen states with the most frequent detections of PFASs chemicals in drinking water.

July 21, 2016

Trenton, NJ--Today at the Statehouse environmental groups and clean water advocates are standing up against the Christie Administration's 2-prong attack to weaken DEP's Flood Hazard Rules.

Water Blog Posts

Street drain, stormwater runoff. Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock
October 21, 2016

This past Monday, Governor Hogan’s Administration circulated a press release praising local governments for having "met their requirements under state law to develop financing plans to reduce polluted stormwater runoff and protect and restore local waters and the Chesapeake Bay."  But most of these plans don't actually meet the requirements of the law.

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch
October 18, 2016

Forty-four years ago today the Clean Water Act, our nation’s groundbreaking water law, was enacted.