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.

Street drain, stormwater runoff. Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock

Reducing Stormwater

Stormwater is the polluted runoff gathered from rain, severe thunderstorms, and even snow from roads, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces, where runoff collects pollutants and carries them downstream, ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay.

Recent Actions

Tell Virginia legislators: Take action to control and prevent toxic pollutants that threaten our health

Now’s the time to raise your voice on key restrictions on toxic PFAS chemicals in Virginia. Urge legislators to pledge their support for these toxic pollution prevention priorities this session:

    Support Bus Rapid Transit in Montgomery County

    The proposed Mid-County Highway Extended (M83) is the worst example of outmoded transportation planning; it is a relic disconnected from mode

    Our Priorities: Virginia’s Biennial Budget

    Voice your support and contact your legislator to pass a budget that prioritizes Virginia’s conservation programs and water and transit infrastructure. Take action.

    Close Pennsylvania’s Leachate Loophole

    Take Action! Email your state legislators today and urge them to support passage of bills that close the Leachate Loophole.

    Water Blog Posts

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    November 16, 2022

    How we think about water infrastructure is about to change! Last year President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law.

    How to use the Clean Water Act to Protect Drinking Water
    October 28, 2022

    We can and should do more to put the Clean Water Act to work to protect our drinking water. That’s where the Source Water Collaborative comes in.

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    October 13, 2022

    We’re doing a happy dance! Next week, we are celebrating our 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act - which our founder, the late David Zwick, helped to craft and pass in 1972.