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.

Nasty Brown liquid discharged from a pipe. Photo credit: Dragana Gerasimoski / Shutterstock

Help Protect the Potomac River from Toxic Sewage Dumping

The City of Alexandria’s combined sewer system dumps untreated sewage into local waterways and the Potomac River. Raw sewage contains E. coli and other pathogens, and is the primary reason areas of the Potomac are closed to swimming nearly every time it rains.

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 the Great Lakes – Shut Down Line 5

Tell the Governor and the Attorney General to shut down the Line 5 pipelines and protect the Great Lakes from a potential pipeline disaster.

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.

Safe Drinking Water for Flint and Michigan

Support and stand in solidarity with the people of Flint.

Flint residents have been living with poisoned water and they need all Michiganders to help amplify their voices and make sure that the community gets what it needs.

Press Releases

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.

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

Water Blog Posts

Frederick County_Stormwater_Maryland_Photo by Jennifer Kunze
August 17, 2016

“Generally, they’re getting worse.” That was the verdict on Frederick County’s local streams at last night’s public hearing on the County’s Financial Assurance Plan, a document that should outline how the County government will pay for stormwater restoration projects mandated by the Chesapeake Bay Plan.

Fredrick County Maryland photo for Brent Bolin blog post
August 16, 2016

Local policy push aims to clean up Monocacy and Potomac rivers.

SGACC Celebration in Maryland
August 12, 2016

Last month, Charles County Commissioners voted 3/2 in favor of a new Comprehensive Growth Plan that will preserve Charles County’s precious natural resources and high quality of life for generations to come.