NRDC’s Water program works to secure safe and sufficient water for people and the environment. Working at the federal, state, and local levels, our experts engage and collaborate with a diverse network of stakeholders and partners, including organizations and individuals who share our unwavering commitment to transformative change. 

NRDC helped pass the Clean Water Act, America’s bedrock water-protection law, which was adopted in 1972 but undermined in following decades by the Supreme Court and others. Yet our tireless advocacy led to the 2015 issuance of the Clean Water Rule, which helps restore many of protections the Clean Water Act protections that had been eroded.

Over the years, we’ve adapted to countless shifts in our nation’s political, economic, and social landscape, driving new and creative solutions to both old and emerging challenges. We have the complete range of scientific, legal, and technical skills to pilot, scale, and standardize forward-thinking, market-based solutions to ensure safe and sufficient water for all.

OUR PRIORITIES

  • Advocating for all U.S. waters to be adequately protected by the Clean Water Act
  • Implementing green infrastructure and stormwater solutions to make our cities more livable and our rivers fishable and swimmable
  • Ensuring that homes, farms, and power plants use water as efficiently as possible
  • Helping communities prepare for the water-related impacts of climate change
  • Encouraging farmers to maintain healthy soil and prepare for weather extremes while reducing nutrient pollution
  • Restoring water and native fish to dying rivers

Portfolio

Report

Green infrastructure not only helps stop stormwater runoff, it also replenishes groundwater supplies, beautifies neighborhoods, cleans the air, lowers energy costs, and boosts economies.

Blog

A year after President Obama directed all federal agencies to begin preparing for sea-level rise caused by climate change, national flood-protection standards have yet to go into effect.

Blog

For about a decade and a half, the Clean Water Act has been in disarray. Here's why the final Clean Water Rule is such a big deal.

Issue Brief

Improved water efficiency in cities and on farms, reusing and recycling water, and capturing local rainwater can all help the Golden State's ongoing drought problem.

Blog

To make sure we have enough clean water to drink, cook with, and bathe in, we need to kill the fantasy of the lush, green (and thirsty) lawn.

Report

The National Flood Insurance Program will be a crucial tool as the country weathers more frequent and severe floods with climate change.