Protecting & Conserving California's Water

Unprecedented Coalition of Water Stakeholders Urges Congress to Fund Critical Water Needs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Measures will protect access to a critically important tool in fighting the spread of COVID-19: washing your hands

woman drinking water / photo: istock pablocalvog

How Drinking Water Standards are Created in California

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency establishes federal standards for drinking water contaminants that each state must enforce.

Keeping Drugs Out of Our Waterways: Safe Drug Disposal Program

Clean Water has joined with local government, wastewater professionals, senior citizen advocates, and those concerned with drug abuse to stop unused or out of date drugs from getting into the environment or into the hands of those who will misuse them.

From We All Live Downstream

Marguerite Young - Clean Water Action board member
April 22, 2020

Earth Day has always had a special meaning for me – a birthday for Earth and a call to action to do what we can to protect it. In 1970, I organized the very first Earth Day event at my school in Oakland. Eschewing the bus, I enlisted a crew of friends in a bike caravan to ride 10 miles to school. Alarmed by the oil spills along the coast, and the poisoning of wildlife and humans from DDT, my classmates and I led a day long teach-in. This was the spark that ignited what has become a lifelong career as an activist.

Dripping spiggot
March 27, 2020

With all that’s happening right now, it can be difficult to pay attention to  anything other than the news of the day. I’m focused on groundwater; how we use it – and use too much; how we protect it from pollution – or don’t; and how we can ensure that it’s available when we need it. And even on a day when we’re not focused on a pandemic, groundwater can be easy to forgot about -- it's our invisible resource.

October 10, 2017

Those of you reading the New York Times will have seen the recent story on spiking Fentanyl deaths across America.

America’s opioid epidemic is drawing public attention to a less-considered side effect of mushrooming dependence on prescription medications: water pollution by pharmaceuticals. And that’s where we at Clean Water Action come in.