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.

Hands making heart symbol in front of Lake Michigan

Keep Michigan's Water Public

Michigan’s water belongs to all of us. Currently our water is at risk of over-extraction and privatization. Water bottling companies, like Nestle, take public-owned water, bottle it, and sell it as if it were a commodity.

Recent Actions

Tell Congress: Make Bold Investments for the Future!

The United States Congress has a once in a generation opportunity to invest in our future. The Build Back Better Act currently being crafted and debated is the last, best chance for the U.S. to do our part to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

Take Action: Beach, Clean Water and Green Economy Bond

Urge your Rhode Island State Representatives to prioritize the Beach, Clean Water, and Green Economy bond when they reconvene.

Urge the U.S. Air Force to Clean Up Michigan PFAS Pollution

For decades, toxic PFAS pollution, known as the forever chemicals, were used in firefighting foam at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan.

Water Blog Posts

Bioswales lhelp control storm water bring beauty of nature to urban campus. Photo By Dave Everett
September 21, 2021

It’s Fall!  Here are Some Tips for Healthy Fall Yard and Gardens While Protecting Our Water!

Kid drinking water from a glass
September 7, 2021

Lead exposure is a problem that America has been facing for decades. The EPA estimates that lead in drinking water can account for 20% of a person's exposure to lead (Lead and Drinking Water). Currently, there are lead service lines in up to ten million homes across the country. Replacing them comes at a high cost.

Smoky Mountain stream. Photo credit: ehrlif / Shutterstock
September 2, 2021

I’ve been working on the question of what water should be protected by the Clean Water Act for 19 years. Polluters and their allies in Congress have been trying to remove some water bodies from the Act’s jurisdiction for just as long, so you would think I ran out of outrage a long time ago. But no.