Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table.
Restoring the Clean Water Act: A new proposal by the Obama Administration will return Clean Water Act safeguards to most streams and wetlands and protect the drinking water for more than 117 million people. Clean Water Action and our members have been fighting to restore these protections for nearly 12 years. Winning this restoration is a priority in 2014. We will fight misinformation by polluters and their allies in Congress and make sure the Administration finalizes this rule as soon as possible. Learn more
Putting Drinking Water First: The Safe Drinking Water Act turns 40 in 2014. People think that the Safe Drinking Water Act and other laws protect drinking water sources from most contamination threats, when in fact there are few such protections at present. Clean Water Action is committed to changing this.
“Putting Drinking Water First” means stopping threats to drinking water where they start. Today, Public Water Systems such as the one overwhelmed by the Freedom Industries spill in West Virginia must often act as waste disposal and pollution control systems of last resort for all kinds of contamination, not just from chemical storage facilities. Other laws such as the Clean Water Act can and should be used more effectively to eliminate upstream threats and reduce pollution before it impacts drinking water sources. Learn more here and here
21st Century Smart, Clean and Green Water: Clean Water Action is helping to develop and promote new ideas for how we use and manage our water resources. Innovation can keep water clean, protect communities from floods and drought, save money and create jobs. Learn more