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Clean Water

Earthjustice is defending our right to clean water by ensuring that our laws remain robust enough to safeguard all communities' access to clean water and to adequately protect our critical water resources from toxic pollution.
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OUR WATERWAYS ARE POLLUTED.

Water pollution is a nationwide problem that threatens our drinking water supplies, food sources and beloved forms of recreation. Treasured waters are at risk from pollution and industry water grabs and can no longer support the needs of people or wildlife.

WE ARE PROTECTING THE NATION’S WATERS.

  • DEFENDING OUR RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER by restoring the full protective scope of the Clean Water Act to cover all important water resources, obtaining limits on water pollution from polluting activities, and forcing the clean up of polluted waters.
  • SAFEGUARDING OUR NATION’S WATERS in areas like the Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, Lake Tahoe, the Everglades and other Florida waters from rampant pollution and degradation.

WE’RE PROTECTING OUR WATER RESOURCES.

After Earthjustice helped generate more than 150,000 comments demanding clean water, in 2013 the EPA proposed a series of options for cleaning up the billions of pounds of arsenic, lead, mercury, and other toxic pollutants that power plants dump into our waters.