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 America

More than 35,000 Speak Out in Support of Strong Factory Farm Pollution Limits

More than 35,000 residents in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, the District of Columbia, and states across the country urged EPA to set strong limits on factory farm pollution to protect waterways across the country. 

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News Release | Environment America

U.S. House Passes Outrageous Attack on Americans’ Health and Environment

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed one of the most sweeping attacks on Americans’ air and water in recent memory. The passage of the bill (H.R. 3409)—which would do everything from allow more pollution in our waterways, to rollback the recently finalized carbon pollution standards for cars and light trucks—adds to this House of Representatives’ record as the most anti-environment House in the history of Congress.

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News Release | Environment New York

Environmental groups: NY State’s decision to exempt farms from permit program will weaken clean water protection standards

In response to Governor Cuomo’s proposal today to remove permit requirements for medium Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), a coalition of leading environmental groups released the following statement: 

“As organizations committed to protecting and restoring New York’s rivers, lakes and streams, we are very concerned by the announcement today that New York State will weaken state environmental protections put in place to protect public health, safety and the environment by exempting medium sized industrial farms from its CAFO permit program. As a result, these farms will be allowed to grow from 200 to 299 cows without requiring the installation of structural controls such aswaste storage facilities and water diversions essential to protecting the State’s waters from being contaminated with animal waste.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment, Sierra Club announce Clean Water Act lawsuit against PPG

Two statewide environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit today against PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass) Industries alleging ongoing violations of the federal Clean Water Act at the company’s Ford City site which is polluting the neighboring Allegheny River. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Pennsylvania Budget a Mixed Bag on the Environment

As the dust settled on a sprint-like finish to state budget passage, citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment judged the outcome as a mixed bag for the Commonwealth’s environment.

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