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

Tell EPA to protect our water from hazardous chemical spills

In 2014, a corroded chemical storage tank leaked 10,000 gallons of a chemical used to clean coal into the Elk River in West Virginia.

Recent Actions

Pledge to hold Michigan Legislators Accountable!

Pledge today to hold your elected officials accountable for their record on issues that affect our water and health.

Support HB 5375—Drinking Water Standards on PFAS must be driven by science

Studies have shown that the current EPA advisory limit for PFAS in water allows levels that are too high to protect our health.

Michigan families should not foot the bill for outdated infrastructure!

Contact your Representative today and tell them to replace our water infrastructure instead of shifting the burden of failing infrastructure to Michigan families.

Speak out for the Monocacy Plan

Urge the Frederick County Council to stand up for common sense and clean water.

Press Releases

July 19, 2018

"Another day, another vote for dirty water by the majority of House Republicans. This spending bill will never pass the Senate. But the dirty water caucus in the House insisted on taking another vote to prove their allegiance to the special interests who cut their campaign check."

July 18, 2018

"EPA failed for three decades to protect our water from toxic coal plants and now the Trump administration is turning back the clock, doubling down on that failure, and leaving communities in jeopardy," said Jennifer Peters, Clean Water Action's National Water Programs Director. "Trump clearly doesn't care who his administration puts at risk as long as he can give handouts to the corporate polluters who write the checks for re-election campaigns."

July 11, 2018

LANSING, MI – Information recently obtained by MLive through Freedom of Information Act requests has revealed that the Department of Environmental Quality has known about the dangers of PFAS and its prevalence in Michigan for at least six years.

Water Blog Posts

Connected Giving Round-up Donations Solution
July 16, 2018

Has this ever happened to you?

You’re finished shopping. You’re ready to head home with your groceries, or that special gift you just bought, or that last item you needed to finish the project you’ve been working on.

Then comes The Ask: “Would you like to donate your change to [name that worthy cause]?”

Mississippi River in Minnesota, photo: istock
July 11, 2018

They call it the Magna Carta of environmental laws; the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the foundation for landmark health and environmental protections like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. NEPA is what gives any person or community group a voice on projects that can impact our health and well-being. It's what requires governments and developers to slow down and consider public concerns.

Water from a faucet / photo: istock
July 10, 2018

In mid-June, after months of pressure from Clean Water Action members and public health advocates, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) finally released their study on the health effects of PFAS contamination.