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.

Barton Spring. photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

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.

Recent Actions

Tell your legislators to fund water infrastructure updates now!

Act now, by contacting your State House representative and State Senator and urging them to take a stand for water by investing in updating and replacing our crumbling water infrastructure!

Protect Virginia's Waterways From Toxic Coal Ash!

Coal ash, waste produced when coal is burned for energy, contains toxic heavy metals that have contaminated local waterways in the Commonwealth due to unsafe, unstable storage ponds.

Fund the Anacostia River Clean Up!

Please urge your councilmember today to commit $10 million for FY 2018 – FY 2019 to continue progress on all Anacostia remediation projects. 

More Trees, Please!

Over the past eight years, Maryland has lost more than 14,000 acres of forest to development.  The Forest Conservation Act could reverse that.

 

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Press Releases

February 12, 2018

"It seems that the President and his advisors picked through the trash of their worst ideas and rejected proposals, repackaged them, and hoped no one would notice."

 

 

 

February 12, 2018

"This isn't a plan, it's a scam to sell off our roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure to wealthy corporations while gutting the bedrock laws that have protected our water, air, and health for decades"

February 6, 2018

Conservation groups today challenged in court the administration’s effort to strip away crucial clean water protections from rivers, lakes, streams and other waters that feed drinking-water sources for nearly 20 million people in the South and 117 million people across the country.

Water Blog Posts

sunrise in winter over lake, photo: flickr.com/128502164@N07 CC
February 22, 2018

Scott Pruitt is playing games with streams, wetlands, and drinking water while he works on proposing a new rule that will shrink the number of streams and wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act. He practically dared us to sue EPA.

photo: flickr.com/gambier20 (CC BY 2.0)
February 14, 2018

Trump’s proposed budget would be a disaster for our nation’s water. This isn't surprising - the Trump administration has worked to undermine common sense protections for our water and health since inauguration day. But this budget is particularly shortsighted and just plain mean. 

A stream in Howard County during a rain storm.
February 14, 2018

The Maryland Forest Conservation Act was designed to protect Maryland's forests; it implemented replanting requirements and minimum forested thresholds, and required more county oversight to protect our forests from over-development. While the law slowed forest clearance in some places, the law is falling short of protecting priority forests, especially where development pressure is intense and there are large, contiguous forests.

It is time to update the Forest Conservation Act!