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.

Chem tanks. Credit: raymondclarkeimages

Protecting Drinking Water From Hazardous Spills

In February, 2016 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a lawsuit by committing to develop a program to prevent an clean-up chemical spills into our nation’s water bodies. 

Recent Actions

Support Efforts to Protect Pittsburgh Water from Lead

Tell City Council to support efforts to protect us from lead in our drinking water.

Join the #NoDrippingSewage campaign to protect our Hill Country water!

Sign the petition today showing your support a ban on dumping treated sewage into creeks above the Edwards Aquifer in favor of safer alternatives.

Urge Oakland County Commissioners to adopt a septic code

Michigan is the only state in the US without a statewide septic code, and currently only 13 out of our 83 counties have septic codes that require inspections.

Press Releases

August 21, 2018

"This ruling makes Trump's EPA's attempt to gut standards that reduce toxic coal ash contamination even more outrageous," said Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director for Clean Water Action. "The Court made it clear that EPA has a responsibility to protect people and communities by addressing the threats coal ash dumps pose to our health and environment. EPA should focus on that responsibility instead of gutting commonsense safeguards for our water."

August 21, 2018

Bordentown, NJ – Canoeists took to the water today as they unfurled a banner proclaiming “Defend the Delaware; Ban Fracking and Frack Waste” from the boat ramp at Bordentown, New Jersey. At a press conference prior to the canoe launch, organizations working for a complete ban throughout the Delaware River Watershed on fracking, the processing and discharge of wastewater produced by fracking and water withdrawals for fracking, called on Governor Phil Murphy to stand with them.

August 20, 2018

Canoeists display banner on Delaware River against fracking and its waste

Water Blog Posts

 Capitol Dome with flag
September 18, 2018

Despite the fact that I knew, in real time, how many members of Congress were voting to wipe out protections for our water, supporting an agenda to walk back action on climate, and putting the short-term profits of campaign donors before the needs of the public, I was a little shocked at the terrible scores.

Smokestack and stop sign
August 21, 2018

President Trump and Acting Administrator Wheeler are ditching a carefully crafted program that addressed the climate crisis. They are putting our health at risk, and our future, by catering to their fossil fuel industry cronies. This is bad attempt to prop-up 20th century energy companies while trying to slow the transition to clean energy.

photo: flickr.com/gambier20 (CC BY 2.0)
August 20, 2018

There is alot going on. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Do-Nothing proposal around chemical leaks and spills into water deserves attention.