Jennifer Peters - Water Programs Director

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Clean Water Act under attack.

November 6, 2017

Don’t let Congress make our waters more vulnerable to harmful aquatic invasive species

They’re at it again.

The Dirty Water Caucus in the U.S. Senate is attacking a key Clean Water Act protection, and they’re trying to sneak that attack into the Coast Guard Authorization Act. This bill currently contains the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which strips EPA of its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect against ballast water pollution from ships.

Ripples on the surface of the water. Credit: 2xWilfinger / Shutterstock

Trump Touts Clean Water Hours After Signing Order Attacking It

March 2, 2017

In his Joint Address to Congress on Tuesday, President Trump touted he will “promote clean air and clean water.” His remarks came only hours after signing an Executive Order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to “reconsider” their 2015 Clean Water Rule that strengthened clean water protections.

Smoky Mountain stream. Photo credit: ehrlif / Shutterstock

Trump’s Pick to Head EPA Wants to Gut Clean Water Protections

January 30, 2017

It’s no secret that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is no fan of the Clean Water Rule (or any EPA regulation for that matter), commonsense safeguards to protect small streams and wetlands from polluters, including drinking water sources.

Scott Pruitt: Unfit to lead EPA

The Senate Must Reject Scott Pruitt for EPA

January 17, 2017

Mr. Pruitt as EPA administrator would reverse over forty years of progress of cleaning up our environment and holding industries accountable for their pollution. 

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Rounding Up EPA's #WaterProgress Twitter Chat

December 16, 2016

Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water hosted a twitter chat to discuss the progress they've made in protecting water, and to answer questions about some of the challenges ahead.

Ripples on the surface of the water. Credit: 2xWilfinger / Shutterstock

Clean Water is Vital to Secure America’s Future

November 22, 2016

You can’t ramp up dirty fossil fuel production, roll back environmental safeguards, and keep the water and air clean at the same time. You just can’t. 

Lake Erie Algal Bloom - August 2015. Photo Credit: NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch

The Clean Water Act is Showing its Age

October 18, 2016

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

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

31 Years Late

July 28, 2016

Thousands of Water Pollution Permits in the U.S. Are Outdated and Threaten Water Quality – But We Can Fix It.

Spending Bill is No Place for Polluter Giveaways

December 2, 2015

Some members of Congress and their polluter friends are determined to pile on dozens of anti-environmental policy riders to the fiscal year 2016 spending bill. Congress must pass a new spending bill or agree on another extension by December 11th to avoid a government shutdown. Democratic leaders in Congress and the White House have been calling for a clean spending bill, but many Republicans are trying to use this opportunity to undermine virtually every single policy priority of the Obama administration – from the Affordable Care Act to the Clean Power Plan to the Clean Water Rule.

Spending bills should be about dollars and cents, not about pushing ideological riders.stre

The Clean Water Act Can’t Work Without You

October 19, 2015

This month marked 43 years since the landmark Clean Water Act became law. Yet, while many of our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and bays are cleaner because of it, we still face water pollution challenges. Not because of lack of technology or innovation, but because of powerful polluting industries that have the ear of politicians – big oil, big ag, and big developers (just to name a few). Because of this constant political pressure to weaken critical protections for our water resources, paired with limited and often dwindling state and federal resources, enforcement of the Clean Water Act is largely driven by everyday people concerned about their communities.