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Dive Into Democracy: 2022 Year In Review


Through our Dive Into Democracy blog and email series, we informed and engaged our U.S. audience on the most pressing clean water issues of the day. In...

EPA Must Use the Clean Water Act to Regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

America’s food systems are today dominated by a handful of multinational corporations that employ industrialized methods to produce most of the meat...

Tell Congress to Pass the Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

A family of dangerous emerging contaminants, PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, poses a serious risk to human health and the wellbeing of our...

Tell Congress to Reject Manchin’s ‘Dirty Deal’ to Fast-Track Fossil Fuel Projects


In exchange for his vote to help pass the Inflation Reduction Act last month, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has demanded a vote on a second bill...

Tell EPA: It’s Time to Adopt National Numeric Nutrient Limits on Water Pollution

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

American waterways have a major nutrient pollution problem. Uncontrolled discharges of nitrogen and phosphorus are overwhelming waterways with more than...

Tell EPA to Fully Restore State, Tribal, and Community Rights Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Clean Water Act is the nation’s most effective tool to protect American waterways. An essential component of the Clean Water Act, Section 401, gives...

Support D.C. Statehood!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The long overdue Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which passed in the House of Representatives last year, would finally extend Congressional representation...

Congress Must Pass the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act was introduced last year in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This bill represents...

EPA Must Confront Largest Unaddressed Source of Water Pollution

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Nonpoint source pollution is the largest unaddressed source of water pollution in the country. This type of contamination typically happens when rain and...

Help Ensure All Communities Have Clean Water Act Protections!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new Financial Capabilities Assessment guidance for establishing a community’s ability to...

Help Keep Mercury Out of Our Waters!

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule reaffirming that enforcing Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) from power plants...

Support the Farm System Reform Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Farm System Reform Act was recently introduced by Senator Cory Booker (NJ) and Representative Ro Khanna (CA) into both the U.S. House of Representatives...

Fully Restore Clean Water Act Protections for All Waters of the United States

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Clean Water Act is intended to ensure our waters are safe for swimming, drinking, fishing, and other uses. However, the law cannot achieve these goals...

Help Us Strengthen and Expand Federal Methane Regulations

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Recently, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reaffirmed what many of us already know: climate change is accelerating and...

It’s Time to Fully Restore the Cornerstone of Environmental Law

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), passed in 1970, requires federal agencies to assess any significant environmental impacts a federal action...

Help Keep Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Out of Our Water


One of the most dangerous and persistent threats to our nation’s waters is the group of emerging contaminants known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl...

Help Ensure All Americans Have Safe Drinking Water

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

Reliably clean and safe drinking water is something most people expect as a given. That trust was earned through protections like those afforded under...

We Must Urgently Restore Clean Water Protections


 In 2020, the Trump administration issued an unprecedented new regulation that dramatically eliminated federal Clean Water Act protections for rivers,...

Support the Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act

  • By: Thomas Hynes
  • News

The Environmental Justice Legacy Pollution Cleanup Act is proposed legislation from Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative A. Donald McEachin (VA-04)....

Restore Section 401 to the Clean Water Act


A controversial 2020 regulation promulgated by the Trump EPA dramatically diminished state and tribal authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act....

Plastic waste on a beach wtih the text: Take action against plastics

Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act


The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act was introduced on March 26 by Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA) into both the...

Tell Biden: It’s time to put clean water and a healthy environment front and center


With the Biden administration set to assume power next month, we’re strategizing what the next four years will mean for our movement to protect clean...

Count Every Vote

  • By: Marc Yaggi
  • News

We’re in the midst of an historic election season. As many as 160 million Americans are expected to vote this year; some are predicting voter turnout...

Act Now: Our Toxic Coal Ash Legacy


Coal-fired power plants are by far the single largest contributor of toxic pollutants such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead to waterways across the United...

Get Out the Vote: Mobilize Your Friends

  • By: Marc Yaggi
  • News

You’re likely to be someone who votes in every single election, the type of person campaigns call a super voter.  Now is the time to recruit your friends...

Act Now for Factory Farm Reform


From sick workers in slaughterhouses to empty shelves at grocery stores, the coronavirus pandemic further exposed a food system in crisis. We deserve farm...

Just Do It: VOTE


When the right to vote in the United States was first granted in 1776, white male property owners were the only class of people that were eligible. In...

Hungry Horse Hydropower Dam

Funding Hydropower Projects will Not Fight Climate Change


There is a new significant threat to our free flowing rivers and our climate: the promotion of hydropower under the guise that it is clean, renewable energy...

Climate change protestors

Sign the petition: Support the Climate Action Plan


We can’t wait another second to address climate change! Climate change is the largest and most imminent global threat facing us today. And yet, Trump...

Alberta Tar Sands operation from above.

Demand Insurance Giants Stop Underwriting the Trans Mountain Pipeline


You have an important opportunity to stand for climate action, while defending clean water and Indigenous rights: Join us in demanding that insurance giants...