Clean Water Network

A Project of Environment America Research & Policy Center

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to Puget Sound and the many smaller lakes and streams in between, our waterways are critical to our health and quality of life.

Yet every day new stories emerge confirming that our beloved waters face countless threats—like the chemical spill poisoning the Elk River in West Virginia; factory farms spewing hundreds of millions of tons of chicken manure into the Chesapeake Bay; record drought in California and Texas; contamination from fracking in Pennsylvania; and much more. The simple fact is that our waterways are too polluted, too strained, and are suffering without adequate protections. 

A coalition fighting to protect the waterways we love

Since 1992, the Clean Water Network has served as a place for groups working to tackle these challenges and protect our waterways to come together, share experiences and knowledge, and gain expertise and resources to work at the federal level and in their own backyards.

A nationwide coalition of local, regional and national groups, the Network serves as a convener, working to ensure that organizers and advocates across the country have the resources and connections they need to effectively fight to protect the waterways we love and depend on.

In 2014, the Clean Water Network relaunched in its new home under the roof of Environment America Research & Policy Center. Any group working to benefit the health of our waterways is eligible to join, and we are accepting new members now.

Benefits of Clean Water Network membership

Informational briefings through webinars and conference calls on water quality issues and policies from national experts and VIPs

Regular calls for all member groups with updates on upcoming administrative actions and legislation

A forum for coordination in which organizations, large and small, can collaborate on different water issues through listservs, website updates, and conference calls

National fly-in for all interested local groups to meet with their decision-makers in Washington, D.C.

Regional caucuses to bring together local groups from across different parts of the country to network, share ideas, and discuss issues that cut across their geographic region

Training for organizations interested in learning more about topics ranging from Clean Water Act 101 to campaign strategy and development to effective grassroots engagement

Template materials so local groups can easily engage in issues and campaigns as they choose

Pass-through funding to local groups who are interested in doing more in our campaigns and efforts but do not have the resources themselves

A community of allies with which to share ideas and get feedback and friends with which to share successe

Want to learn more?

To learn more about the network and how to join, contact Kimberly Williams at kwilliams@environmentamerica.org or visit our website

Clean Water Issue Updates

News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

“Back to School” Toolkit for parents to Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water

With “back to school” in full swing this week, Environment America Research & Policy Center today is offering a free toolkit to Get the Lead Out of schools’ drinking water.  Citing a lack of accurate information on lead contamination in water and how schools should prevent it, the group aims to help parents, teachers, and school administrators grapple with a serious health threat facing our children.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Back to School Toolkit

Our  children  need  safe  drinking  water  –  especially  at  school  where  they  go  to  learn  and play  each  day.   Unfortunately,  lead  is  contaminating  drinking  water  at  schools  and pre­schools  across  the  country. 

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Rough Waters Ahead

The Great Lakes are critical to the health and welfare of our families, our communities, and wildlife. Lakes Erie, Ontario, Huron, Michigan and Superior make up the largest system of freshwater lakes in the world and supply more than 40 million people with drinking water.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Rough Waters Ahead

The Delaware River is critical to the health and welfare of our families, our communities, and wildlife. The longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, the Delaware traverses four states – New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware – and its watershed supplies drinking water to more than 15 million people, including residents of New York City and Philadelphia.

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News Release | Environment America

Analysis: Repealing the Clean Water Rule would be Devastating for the Delaware River Watershed

Philadelphia, PA – New analysis by Environment America shows 55% of all stream miles in the Delaware River Watershed will be left without federal protections by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule.

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