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

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Nothing to fear from clean water | Russell Bassett

Halloween is the annual time to celebrate all the creepy things that go bump in the night, but what's really fightening are the many very real threats to our waterways and drinking water. Nothing is more important to life than clean water, yet few things are taken more for granted. We turn on our taps or swim in a local lake without fear because we believe the systems are working to keep our water clean. The fact is, those systems don’t always work, and in many cases, are failing to keep water safe. 

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Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for millions of Americans. We swim at a favorite beach, fish in a nearby creek, sail or kayak on the bay, or simply hike along a beautiful lake or stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment America Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

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Paddling against the wind | Russell Bassett

For Margo Pellegrino — who recently completed a 1,700 mile journey from New York to Chicago in an outrigger canoe — advocating for clean water can be like “paddling against the wind on a windy day.” Now that she’s back home in Medford Lakes, N.J., she’s not slowed down any in her quest to protect our waterways and ensure clean water for all Americans. 

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Clean water not green water | Russell Bassett

Last year at this time, the toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie caused nearly half a million people in and around Toledo, Ohio, to be without safe drinking water. Clean water from our taps is something that many of us take for granted, but if we don’t protect our water sources — like the residents of Toledo discovered — we won’t be able to take it for granted anymore.

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A father’s guide for conservation through outdoor fun

This Father’s Day we’re celebrating the many fathers who instilled an appreciation for the great outdoors — specifically a respect for clean water — in their children by taking them hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, or just swimming in the local watering hole. The more children connect with the outdoors and local waterways, the more likely they are to respect and value wild places — creating the next generation of environmental stewards. 

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