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.

Xeriscape in Texas, photo: David Foster

Water on the Home Front

Learn More About the Texas Water Crisis, State Law, and Drought Resistant Landscaping

Recent Actions

Don't Mess with Onion Creek

Over the objections of concerned residents and communities throughout the region, the tiny city of Dripping Springs in Hays County has asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a permit to discharge up to 995,000 million gallons of treated sewage into Onion Creek each year.

Tell Attorney General Schuette to Protect Michigan's Environment

Our Attorney General should be upholding our rights – including our right to safe, drinkable water and clean, breathable air. Disappointingly, he has been undermining those rights and putting polluting interests ahead of our health and environment.

Take Action to Protect NJ's Drinking Water

After attempting to dismantle important flood and water protection rules, Governor Christie is now going after the NJ Highlands Act, an important law put in place to protect half of New Jersey's drinking water supplies. Tell the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to oppose any changes to the Highlands rules.

Let’s Stand Up To Dow and Shell For Public Health on 1,2,3-TCP

Don't let these deep-pocketed responsible parties prevent the state from setting standards that ensure our drinking water is safe!

Press Releases

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.

Pittsburgh – Following the release this week of the latest lead testing results of Pittsburgh drinking water by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), Clean Water Action called for strong

July 11, 2016

After listening to new evidence from concerned local residents, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has denied a request by Santa Barbara County to adjust the boundaries of the Cuyama groundwat

Water Blog Posts

Sinkhole in Baltimore. Photo by Abigail Pearse
July 15, 2016

On Monday, July 4th, a sinkhole formed on West Mulberry Street in Baltimore City. Located between Greene and Paca Streets, this sinkhole will block traffic on Mulberry street for weeks and has already caused transportation officials to close a ramp off of U.S. Route 40 that led to downtown Baltimore. Not only is this sinkhole an inconvenience for traffic, but it is also unsafe. An inspector from the Department of Public Works (DPW) was injured as he examined the sinkhole when the ground collapsed under him, which widened the sinkhole.

Recent headlines on California Groundwater
July 6, 2016

What's behind the recent headlines on California groundwater? Does a new study suggest the problem is solved, and that we can all go home? Er...no! 

clean water lobby day by jenny vickers
June 27, 2016

Last week, I traveled from our Montclair office to the Statehouse in Trenton for a Clean Water Lobby Day. On the way there, the scene that played in my mind mirrored one from House of Cards. I thought of Kevin Spacey rolling his eyes before he opened the door to the hallway and the lobbyists dying of anticipation waiting on the other side of the door.