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 Kristine Oblock at koblock@environmentamerica.org or visit our website

Clean Water Issue Updates

News Release | Environment America

Federal Court Rejects the Administration’s Suspension of the Clean Water Rule

Today, a federal court in South Carolina invalidated the Trump administration’s attempt to delay the effective date of the Clean Water Rule by two years.  The Clean Water Rule helps protect drinking water sources for 117 million Americans, as well as thousands of wetlands. Today’s court decision means that the Clean Water Rule is once again law of the land in all 26 states where temporary injunctions from other litigation are not in effect.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Businesses Join Effort to Defend the Clean Water Rule in Court

Businesses from 30 states urged a federal court in North Dakota to uphold the Clean Water Rule, in an amicus brief filed by Environment America Research & Policy Center and the National Environmental Law Center.  From outfitters to brewers to farmers, many of these businesses depend on clean water for their livelihoods. In addition, 62 local officials also signed onto a separate amicus brief also filed by the groups.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Local Officials Join Effort to Defend the Clean Water Rule in Court

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Businesses Join Effort to Defend the Clean Water Rule in Court

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

New Interactive Map Reveals Threats to the Delaware River Watershed

Environment America Research & Policy Center today unveiled a first-of-its-kind interactive map of the Delaware River watershed.  The map allows journalists, policymakers, and citizens to pinpoint pollution sources and consider common-sense solutions to address them.

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