Jennifer Peters - Water Programs Director

Corroded pipe with lead service fittings. Credit: Mike Thomas / Creative Commons

Denver Water’s Plan to Get the Lead Out While Protecting Our Watersheds

October 4, 2019

On September 6, 2019 Denver Water submitted its final Lead Reduction Program Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This groundbreaking plan is an alternative to a mandate from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) that Denver Water treat its water with orthophosphate.

South Platte River -- Photo credit: Jennifer Peters

Groundbreaking Plan to Reduce Lead Exposure in Drinking Water Will Also Protect Denver’s River, Lakes, and Streams

August 1, 2019

Visit South Platte River Park in Littleton, Colorado (a suburb a few miles south of Denver) on a summer weekend and you’ll likely see dozens of people paddling, wading, fishing, or tubing on the river. A few weeks ago I was one of those tubers enjoying higher than normal flows on the South Platte, thanks to the high snowpack this past winter. As we floated on riffles and gentle rapids, families of ducks grazed at the river’s edge and trout swam beneath us. Occasionally we got caught on someone’s fishing line or bumped tubes in crowded sections of the river.

Reject the Dirty Water Rule

Trump’s polluter handout threatens your right to clean water – comment by April 15th!

April 12, 2019

On April 10th, Trump issued an Executive Order that limits states’ ability to protect their own water resources from harmful pipelines and other dirty energy projects.

Stop the dirty water rule!

What I told EPA in Kansas City

February 28, 2019

This week advocates and activists are in Kansas City, Kansas for the one and only public hearing the Environmental Protection Agency scheduled for it's scheme to strip protections from millions of miles of streams and more than half the wetlands across the nation. Clean Water Action was there as well. This is my testimony to EPA about the Dirty Water Rule. You can watch my testimony here (video courtesy of our friends NWF Water)

Water from a faucet / photo: istock

Vote Your Water Values on November 6

October 10, 2018

Everything I did in the first five minutes after getting out of bed this morning would not have been possible without water and the critical infrastructure that delivers it to my home.

Small water fall, in a forest

A Big Win For Clean Water

August 16, 2018

Today is a big day for clean water -- a federal court told the Trump administration that it went too far when it suspended enforcement of protections for streams and wetlands. Clean Water Action, along with more than a dozen other plaintiffs, challenged EPA's illegal 2-year suspension of the Clean Water Rule. And we won.

photo: coal ash dump / shutterstock

EPA is Failing to Protect Children from Toxic Coal Plant Pollution

April 27, 2018

Scott Pruitt is failing our children -- on purpose.

photo: flickr.com/gambier20 (CC BY 2.0)

Trump’s Dirty Water Budget: How the Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Budget will Pollute America’s Water

February 14, 2018

Trump’s proposed budget would be a disaster for our nation’s water. This isn't surprising - the Trump administration has worked to undermine common sense protections for our water and health since inauguration day. But this budget is particularly shortsighted and just plain mean. 

Smoky Mountain stream. Photo credit: ehrlif / Shutterstock

Missing: Science at House Science Committee hearing on Clean Water Rule

December 1, 2017

Science was glaringly absent from the agenda for the November 29th Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology hearing, “The Future of WOTUS: Examining the Role of States.”  WOTUS stands for “Waters of the United States” – a wonky legal term used to describe the waters the Clean Water Act protects.

Zebra mussels

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.