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.

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What's at stake with the Dirty Water Rule

On December 11th, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its proposal to slash federal clean water safeguards.

Recent Actions

Big news on Line 5 -- Thank Governor Whitmer and AG Nessel

Late last year the state legislature rushed to pass Public Act 359, the law that would pave the way for Enbridge Energy to build an oil tunnel through the Straits of Mackinac.

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.

Connecticut needs commonsense solutions on PFAS

Tell the Connecticut legislature to prioritize protecting our health and water from PFAS chemicals.     

Michigan needs a strong statewide sanitary code

Right now, the State House Natural Resources Committee is holding hearings on two bills, HB 5752 and HB 5753, that would create a statewide sanitary code for Michigan that requires regular inspections of all septic systems.

Press Releases

"The President dove deep into the swamp and came up with David Bernhardt, who is even more troubling than Ryan Zinke," said Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass.

April 2, 2019

Trenton, NJ-Clean Water Action responded with support to Governor Murphy's announcement today that Christie’s Executive Order 2 (EO 2), which undermined critical environmental and public health safeguards, is now relegated to the dust bin of history.

LANSING, MI – Today, Attorney General Nessel released her highly anticipated opinion concerning Public Act 359, the law that would pave the way for Enbridge Energy to build an oil tunnel t

Water Blog Posts

2017 Annapolis in Spring
April 5, 2019

This week has been a big week for many Clean Water priorities.

Swampy and Bernhardt
April 3, 2019

Last week we organized to oppose President Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Interior. David Bernhardt, a former oil and gas lobbyist and lawyer with extensive conflicts of interest, has used his position at DOI to harm America’s public lands, waters and wildlife and gut some of the nation’s landmark conservation victories at the behest of corporate special interests.

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April 3, 2019

Virginia greatly depends on Clean Water Act protections for safe drinking water, healthy wildlife habitats and profitable industries reliant on clean water. The Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented proposed rollback of Clean Water protections directly conflicts with these priorities. The Dirty Water Rule would have numerous adverse impacts on: