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While the Clean Water Act has done a great deal to restore our waterways, there is still a lot left to do to fully implement the act at the state and local level. Additionally, challenges like climate change were not envisioned when the law was created, and Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities are unjustly burdened by pollution and largely left out of the success stories. Let’s work together for better clean water laws for our communities. The CWA50 campaign is working on the state and local levels to improve the implementation of the Clean Water Act. Our advocacy priorities include:

  • Ensure environmental justice and public empowerment
  • Plan for climate impacts to waterways
  • Demand corporate accountability for toxics and waste in water
  • Promote strong enforcement of environmental laws
  • Invest in healthy waterways, ecosystems, and sustainable local economies

Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s policy priorities for the Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania legislative sessions focus on enforcement, climate, equity and justice, public access, participation and notification, and sustainable local agriculture. Our overarching priority is strengthening states’ implementation and enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act. As bills move through the general assemblies, we will share opportunities for you to take action. We will also share other advocacy opportunities throughout the year to strength and protect our rights under the Clean Water Act. Follow our social media and sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date.

Celebrating Progress and Call for Continued Action on the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act 

Celebrating Progress and Call for Continued Action on the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act 

Campaign encourages grassroots activism to reclaim the right to clean waterways (Takoma Park, Md.) — October 18th marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean…

On the 50th Anniversary of Clean Water Act, We Need to Act for a Cleaner, More Just Future

On the 50th Anniversary of Clean Water Act, We Need to Act for a Cleaner, More Just Future

The year 1972 created memorable and iconic moments for many people. 1972 gave us the first pocket calculator, Watergate, the…

A Narrow Reading of the Clean Water Act by the Supreme Court Would Endanger Us All

A Narrow Reading of the Clean Water Act by the Supreme Court Would Endanger Us All

On October 3rd, the Supreme Court heard the case of Sackett v. EPA, focused on deciding which types of waterways deserve…

Stop Sen. Joe Manchin’s Dirty Deal to Streamline Approval of Fossil Fuel Projects

Stop Sen. Joe Manchin’s Dirty Deal to Streamline Approval of 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…

Vote for Clean Water

Vote for Clean Water

Civic Engagement Toolkit! It’s challenging to know where to start to get your organization involved in critical civic engagement efforts.…

Press Release: Maryland Legislature Passes Bills Strengthening Clean Water Protections and Ensuring Equity

Press Release: Maryland Legislature Passes Bills Strengthening Clean Water Protections and Ensuring Equity

Three bills improve the state’s regulation, enforcement, and public notice under the Clean Water Act (Takoma Park, MD) – In a…

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