Clean Water Action
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems. Take action to protect drinking water and clean up polluted waterways: Get health-harming toxics out of everyday products; Protect our water from dirty energy threats - drilling and fracking for oil and gas, and power plant pollution; Build a future of clean water and clean energy; Keep our clean water laws strong and effective to protect water and health.
Finances and Effectiveness
Clean Water Action's members, volunteers and seasoned professional staff have built one of the nation's largest, most effective environmental organizations. Clean Water Action's grassroots muscle has been critical in shaping and strengthening laws such as the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Superfund for toxics cleanup.
Clean Water Action provides recognized leadership - at the local, state and national levels - on critically important environmental, health, ecosystem protection and community quality of life concerns.
Clean Water Action is effective because of its large and active grassroots membership base. Clean Water Action's programs are financially effective as well, in part because of their reliance on person-to-person outreach and education methods.
Information on Clean Water Action's most recently completed fiscal years are summarized in the documents available below. You can view our most current Annual Report here.
A key goal of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund and a major component of the strategic plans adopted by our Boards in 2015 and 2018 is a commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Our objectives are to increase the participation of people of color on our Boards to 35% and on our staff to 30%, to ensure that all our offices are working with and in communities of color and that our campaigns reflect the needs and concerns of communities of color. To do this, we will work to identify the ways in which racism and other oppressions have affected our organization, take steps to eliminate these oppressions from our organization and its operations, and contribute through our work to the goal of ending racism in society.
As of June 2020, 38% of the members of the Boards of Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund were people of color. Results from our Winter 2020 staff survey showed that 25% of Clean Water’s staff were people of color, up from the first survey several years ago but still below the goal the organizations have set.
Key elements of our justice, equity, diversity and inclusion plan are:
- Setting specific goals for specific goals for different parts of the organization
- Monitoring progress towards these targets, using an annual staff survey and information from staff reviews and exit interviews
- Regularly convening a Diversity Council of board and staff to drive the process and monitor progress, and requiring states to set up a workgroup or committee to address the diversity and equity issues
- Increasing efforts to recruit staff of color, broadening efforts to retain staff of color, providing staff of color with additional support and resources and evaluating managers on their performance in these areas
- Increasing our programmatic efforts in and with communities of color and low income communities, and encouraging all offices to work with communities of color; also, ensuring that our campaigns don’t have negative impacts on communities of color
- Dedicating additional resources to these diversity and equity efforts, providing assistance, training and resources for efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse staff
- Incorporating diversity elements into all areas of strategic plan, future campaigns and activities of the organizations over the next three years.
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table.
Clean water is the foundation for healthy & prosperous communities. While our nation has made significant progress since the 1970’s in cleaning up many of our rivers, bays and other vital water resources, we still face significant water quality and quantity challenges. Drinking water sources are threatened by pollution and overconsumption, and some of these threats are made worse by climate change.
Clean Water is working to protect people and communities from oil and gas production's harmful environmental and health impacts while pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy.
Clean Water Action harnesses grassroots power by engaging and mobilizing our members and endorsing clean water leaders in elections from the local to national level.
Clean Water Action works with partners across the country to address the environmental injustice that disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
Climate change is impacting us. And it’s not good. Pollution from power plants and other sources is affecting our food, our air, and our water. It’s super-sizing things like hurricanes and droughts. If we don’t take action, it’s only going to get worse.
From before we are born until the time we die, we are repeatedly and regularly exposed to toxic chemicals with the potential to seriously harm our health. Toxic chemicals can be found in our homes, schools and workplaces – in products we use on a daily basis. We're fighting at local, state, and federal levels to fix our chemical laws and find safer alternatives to the chemicals in everyday products.
Clean Water is taking-on single use products. From shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products. We engage businesses, local governments, and individual consumers in rethinking the disposable lifestyle.