Clean Water Act

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Examining Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

August 11, 2022

Clean Water Action is celebrating our 50th birthday this year and the anniversary of the Clean Water Act which our founder, the late David Zwick, helped to craft and pass in 1972. For 50 years, the Clean Water Act – our nation’s bedrock environmental law – has helped prevent water pollution and protect the health and safety of waterways across the country. 

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Storms can cause chemical spills that pollute your drinking water: Here's how we stop it

May 16, 2022

Right now, the majority of the country has no plan in place for storm related toxic chemical leaks. Improperly managed storage facilities can devastate a community’s drinking water.

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Public Participation for Pollution Protection

May 13, 2022

This year, we’re celebrating Clean Water Action’s 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act - our nation’s bedrock environmental law passed in 1972 with the help of our founder David Zwick. This law ensures that our rivers, streams, lakes and other surface waters are protected.

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Using Water Pollution Permits to Keep PFAS out of Drinking Water

May 2, 2022

Last week the U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo detailing how the agency will use its water pollution permitting program to limit discharges of PFAS to rivers, streams, lakes, and other water bodies.

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The future is unwritten.

October 22, 2020

Neil Bhaerman is a Clean Water Action member and former Clean Water Action phone canvasser and Communications Manager. He currently directs communications for the Ohio Federation of Teachers

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Opposition to Clean Water Act Loophole

June 17, 2019

On June 7th, Clean Water Action’s National Field Canvass delivered 390 postcards and over 800 letters to the Environmental Protection Agency from Clean Water Action members across the country in opposition to the Administration’s proposed loophole to the Clean Water Act.

Reject the Dirty Water Rule

Trump’s polluter handout threatens your right to clean water – comment by April 15th!

April 12, 2019

On April 10th, Trump issued an Executive Order that limits states’ ability to protect their own water resources from harmful pipelines and other dirty energy projects.

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The Dirty Water Rule would mean more oil and gas wastewater in rivers and streams.

March 28, 2019

New analysis finds big impacts in oil producing states

New agreements show slow progress in fixing Baltimore sewer spills

June 6, 2016

One of my favorite places to ride my bike in Baltimore is the Jones Falls Trail between North Avenue and Druid Hill Park. The trail follows the last section of the Jones Falls before it flows underground in pipes underneath downtown on its way to the Inner Harbor, in a narrow stream valley below the traffic of I-83.

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Our disconnect with water: Scott Pond and linking individual actions to the health of our waters

May 9, 2016

Earlier this month, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Department of Health released an advisory to avoid contact with Scott Pond in Lincoln, Rhode Island due to the presence of blue-green algae in the water.