Water

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.

Minnesota Capitol building (istock, fotoguy22)

Prioritize Environmental Protection in the Next Legislative Session

Take action today and urge your legislators to prioritize clean water, the environment and public health.

Recent Actions

Act to Protect the Great Lakes

Send a message to your U.S. Senators and Representative urging them to fully fund the GLRI, overdue infrastructure investments, and other important federal programs that protect our water, health, and the Great Lakes.

Fund the Anacostia River Clean Up!

Please urge your councilmember today to commit $10 million for FY 2018 – FY 2019 to continue progress on all Anacostia remediation projects. 

Tell President Trump - Hands off EPA and Clean Water!

President Trump’s proposed budget would lead to more water and air pollution by slashing funding to programs that protect our waterways, clean up toxic sites and promote clean energy

Thank legislators and Governor Dayton for new law on school lead testing

Help us thank the legislature and Governor Dayton for taking an important step toward ensuring safe drinking water for kids across Minnesota, because we need policies that put drinking water first, and keep our kids healthy.

Press Releases

May 23, 2017

Asbury Park, New Jersey-- Clean Water Action, in partnership with the Asbury Park Boardwalk, is launching a “Straws by Request” program this Memorial Day Weekend. Participating establishments include Oyster Bar, The Anchor's Bend, Beach Bar and Wonder Bar. Drinking straws will be given to customers only by request. Look for the signage and educational postcards located at both the entrance, tabletops and the bars. Clean Water Action and the Asbury Park Boardwalk encourage all customers to participate.

May 3, 2017

“By allowing power plants to continue to dump chemicals into drinking water sources, Trump’s EPA is putting polluter profits above protecting public health,” said Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director for Clean Water Action.  “For decades, power plants have been dumping toxic metals and other harmful contaminants, including bromide, which creates cancer-causing byproducts during drinking water treatment. Absent strong safeguards to limit this pollution, drinking water systems and their customers will continue to bear the burden of unchecked power plant water pollution.”

 

March 16, 2017

"This is a reckless and dangerous budget. It's also completely unsurprising. President Trump has made his priorities perfectly clear - he will put polluters first at all costs."

Water Blog Posts

Minnesota Capitol / photo: flickr.com/ktylerconk (CC BY 2.0)
June 23, 2017

There was widespread concern in the environmental community that the Minnesota Legislature would spend the 2017 legislative session putting our water, air, and public health at risk.

Protect the Great Lakes, Shut Down Line 5
June 23, 2017

For the past three years, one of our main campaigns in Michigan has been the effort to decommission Enbridge’s Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac. The campaign has taken many different turns over the past three years, and this summer is going to be crucial, as we prepare for a public comment period for Gov. Snyder’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meeting that will run from July 6th to August 4th.

Trump's dangerous budget
June 16, 2017

EPA is already underfunded, suffering from years of budget cuts despite its crucial role in protecting all of us. Further reducing EPA’s budget would severely limit its ability to protect our water, air and climate. The proposal calls for slashing grants to states to carry out their environmental and health protection programs.