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 Research & Policy Center

New Dirty Water Rule puts America’s drinking water and rivers at risk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule that leaves half the nation’s wetlands and thousands of streams -- which help provide millions of Americans with drinking water -- without the federal protection of the Clean Water Act.

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News Release | Environment America Research & Policy Center

102 groups urge EPA to rein in meat and poultry processing plant pollution

Environment America Research & Policy Center is submitting comments on behalf of 102 organizations today, urging the Environmental Protection Agency to dramatically reduce the massive levels of pollution dumped by agribusiness facilities into America’s waterways. The comments are in response to the agency’s decision not to update permit standards for meat and poultry plants -- despite the Clean Water Act’s requirement to do so.

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News Release | Environment America

Statement: Dual EPA rollbacks weaken clean water protections against toxic coal waste

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two proposals today to roll back clean water protections against waste from coal-fired power plants. The first proposal would overhaul wastewater rules, drastically weakening safeguards that prevent utilities from discharging toxic pollutants like arsenic, lead and mercury into America’s waterways. The second proposal would significantly extend closure dates for coal ash disposal sites, allowing utilities to continue storing toxic coal debris in ponds that can leak or overflow, for decades.

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News Release | Environment America Research and Policy Center

New “Voices for Clean Water” website highlights wide array of Americans speaking out against pollution threats

In response to a growing set of pollution threats and to mark today’s 47th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Environment America Research and Policy Center and the Clean Water for All coalition have launched  a new website -- “Voices for Clean Water” -- that  features photos and testimonials from a wide array of individuals from across America. They included business owners, faith leaders, public health experts and people who love to swim, hike, kayak or just drink clean water.

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News Release | Environment America

EPA’s proposed lead rule fails to ensure safe drinking water

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited proposal to update to the federal Lead and Copper Rule. As proposed, EPA’s long-awaited update to the Lead and Copper Rule falls far short of the decisive action needed to “get the lead out” of our drinking water. And in a few critical provisions, the proposed rule could even take us backwards.  

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