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.

Our health depends on clean, safe water. Our water depends on our infrastructure.

Tell Congress: Fix Our Failing Great Lakes Water Infrastructure!

One of our biggest priorities is to ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe, and affordable water and sanitation in their home. No one should be unable to wash their hands during a pandemic.

Recent Actions

Protect Affordable Water for All in California!

The livelihood of millions of Californians has been drastically impacted by the pandemic, with many struggling to pay for basic needs such as housing a

Tell the Michigan Public Service Commission to Reject the Line 5 Tunnel Scheme!

The Michigan Public Service Commission is currently accepting comments on Enbridge’s request to relocate Line 5 in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Tell the Senate: Pass the For the People Act!

Reforming our democracy is essential to protecting our water, taking bold action to address the climate crisis, and protecting our communities.

Extend Michigan's Water Shutoff Moratorium

Due to support from Michiganders like you, our State Legislature passed a temporary moratorium on water shutoffs in 2020.

Water Blog Posts

corroded pipe with lead service fittings
April 14, 2021

President Biden proposed a lot of money for funding of lead pipe replacement in the American Jobs Plan.  This could be a game changer. Removing the largest source of lead in drinking water is an enormous and expensive task. The cost of lead service line replacement has been the biggest barrier to both decisive federal regulation and proactive water system and community action. In addition to the President’s plan, significant funding has been included in several bills introduced or in the works in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House this year.

Image showing 3 passed bills discussed in the blog post, and a picture of the State House in Annapolis
April 13, 2021

Monday was the last day of Maryland's Legislative Session. Maryland has a 90 day legislative session - it runs straight from January to April. Once it ends, the legislature can come back via Special Session to vote on legislation or override vetoes, but those are not common. So, this concludes our chance to change state law in 2021.

Minnesota State Capitol
April 6, 2021

The Minnesota Legislature has been in session since January 6th, without many final actions to show for the time spent. In the past 12 weeks there has been a flurry of activity in the House and Senate, although from the perspective of clean water there are stark contrasts between the directions that they are headed in the remaining weeks until they adjourn on May 16th.

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