Our rivers, lakes, aquifers, and coastal waters aren’t unlimited resources that can handle whatever we take out or dump in. These waters need protection.

NRDC pressures the federal government to protect all U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act. We also fight for policies and practices that ensure a safe and sufficient water supply through efficiency, pollution controls, better management, and infrastructure improvements.

What We're Doing

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Enforce the Clean Water Act

We make sure this important law—which protects about 60 percent of the nation's bodies of water—doesn't get trampled on by Big Oil and other industries.

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American beaches violate public health standards thousands of times a year. We push solutions that keep them cleaner.

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To stop coal-fired power plants from dumping millions of tons of toxic chemicals into waterways, we fight for stronger limitation standards by the EPA.

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With more frequent droughts, groundwater levels are dwindling. We work to protect this important freshwater source from depletion and pollution.

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