What's at risk? More than half of America’s streams

Over the past decade, polluters and irresponsible developers have used the courts to put Clean Water Act protections in legal limbo, arguing that the law doesn’t cover the smaller streams and wetlands that feed and clean America’s great waters.

Right now, nearly 60 percent of America’s streams and 20 million of acres of wetlands are vulnerable to pollution and development, putting the drinking water for 117 million Americans at risk. Polluters can dump into streams, developers can pave over wetlands to build strip malls, and the cops on the environmental beat can’t do a thing about it.

On the verge of the biggest clean water victory in decades

This fall, the Obama administration took first steps to close the Clean Water Act loopholes and protect our waters. This is big news—we’re closer than ever to victory. But Big Ag and developers will be using all their power and resources to bring this progress to a standstill. To get these critical protections over the finish line, we’ll need to show President Obama that the American public overwhelmingly supports clean water.

Our plan to defend our rivers and streams

It is clear that if polluters win, our rivers and streams lose. And we know that we can’t compete with their lobbyists dollar for dollar. But the public is with us—and if we can prove that to our elected officials, we can win. That's why we’re bringing together Americans from all walks of life to protect our waterways. From farmers to scientists, from local officials to ordinary families, we all have a stake in keeping our water clean. 

Our citizen outreach staff has been knocking on doors across the nation, educating Americans about what’s at stake. So far, we've delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water.

But if we’re going to drown out the opposition and convince President Obama and the EPA to finalize a rule and protect our waters, we can’t let the momentum falter. Right now, we need everyone who cares about America’s waterways to get involved. Join our campaign by sending the EPA a message today.



Clean Water Updates

News Release | Environment Ohio

Environment Ohio Statement on Toledo Drinking Water Contamination

As Toledo recovered today from contamination of its drinking water, Environment Ohio’s Christian Adams released the following statement:

This weekend, contamination by toxic algae meant that nearly half a million people in the Toledo area could not use their own tap water for drinking, bathing, or cooking. As residents recover from this crisis, one thing is clear: If we want safe drinking water, we must ensure that all of Ohio’s waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Environment America

206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into America’s Waterways

WASHINGTON, DC – From the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Puget Sound, industrial facilities dumped more than 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways in 2012, according to a new report by Environment America Research and Policy Center. The “Wasting Our Waterways” report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency considers a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to 2 million miles of critical waterways across the nation – a move bitterly opposed by the lobbyists for corporate agribusiness, including the American Farm Bureau. 

> Keep Reading
News Release | Environment America

Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee should Protect Clean Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its spending bill. Last week, the House of Representatives Energy and Water Appropriations Committee rubberstamped a spending bill that threatens America’s waterways by blocking Clean Water Act protections. Today, the Senate subcommittee may consider adopting similar language.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Environment America

Energy and Water Appropriations Leadership Threatens Clean Water Act Protections

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee voted to move forward with a spending bill that threatens America’s waterways by blocking Clean Water Act protections.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Environment America

300 Small Businesses Call for Restoring Clean Water Act Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business is set to hold a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to critical waterways across the country, including the drinking water for 117 million Americans. 

> Keep Reading

Pages

View AllRSS Feed