clean water

There's Plenty of Blame for Flint, Michigan's Water Crisis

January 22, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Whenever I hear that environmental protection is a partisan issue, I'm reminded of New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's famous statement that there is no Democratic or Republican way to pick up the garbage. The provision of clean air, safe drinking water, solid waste management and flood control are all basic public services that people who pay taxes expect to receive. Too bad the folks running Flint, Michigan, and the state of Michigan didn't get that memo. It's also too bad that the federal Environmental Protection Agency sat on the sidelines and allowed Michigan to damage Flint's water supply.[read more]

Saving Texas’ Water through Smart Energy Choices in 2016

January 21, 2016 by EDF Energy Exchange

Desert-Sky-Wind-Farm wikipedia2015 proved to be another weird weather year around the country, especially for Texas. 80 degrees and dry in Austin on Christmas Day, spring wildflowers in bloom, and kids playing outside in shorts – a surprise ending to a wild ride of drought followed by devastating floods followed by drought and then more floods.[read more]

Big Win for New Yorkers: State Legislature Doubles Size of Environmental Protection Fund

January 7, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

These days, if you're looking for a champion of environmental protection, just direct your eyes over to the New York State governor's office, in Albany. There, since he banned fracking a little more than a year ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been putting in place policies and programs that make New York a national leader on issues such as climate, clean water, solid waste and land conservation.[read more]

Even in Deepwater Canyons, America's Corals At Risk

August 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Corals and Environmental Risk

At the beach this summer, gazing out over the waves from the shoreline, it's hard to imagine the underwater world that lies just below the blue expanse: Partly because it’s so other-worldy, and partly because we just don't know very much about it.[read more]

Can Modular Desalination Provide Cheap, Clean Water and Demand Response Too?

August 29, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Modular Deslination

The process of desalination isn’t nearly as energy-intensive as it was just a decade ago, thanks to new reverse-osmosis plant designs and nano-structured membranes that have drastically improved the energy efficiency of turning salt water into fresh water.[read more]

Toledo's Troubles: Vivid Example of Why We Need to Act on Climate and Clean Water

August 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Toledo and Environmental Risk

The recent troubles in Toledo might seem the stuff of scary science fiction stories, but the truth is that a major American city, perched along the Great Lakes, just went three days without any drinking water after pollution poisoned their supply.[read more]

Toledo's Drinking Water Crisis

August 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Toledo Water Crisis

Toledo residents could breathe a sigh a relief after a two-day drinking water ban was lifted. Early Saturday morning, Toledo’s 500,000 residents (and 30,000 residents of southwestern Michigan) were told to stop using tap water after unsafe levels of toxins, likely caused by Lake Erie algal blooms.[read more]

Safe Drinking Water: The Risks Many Americans Aren't Aware Of [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 28, 2014 by Patrick Gerald

Safe Drinking Water

Thanks to intense EPA regulation of water treatment processes the average U.S. household has enjoyed the miracle of clean drinking water for decades. Yet despite our best efforts to keep drinking water safe, harmful chemicals still find their way into the nation's water supply.[read more]

What the West Virginia Chemical Spill Teaches Us About Clean Water

January 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Although West Virginia American Water is in the process of lifting the “do not use” warning for drinking water supplied to nine West Virginia counties affected by the release of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River, people there are still dealing with its toxic aftermath.[read more]

World Water Week: Access to Safe Water

September 9, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Clean Water Access


In 2010 the United Nations passed resolution 64/292 mandating the basic human right to water and sanitation. Efforts abound to secure access to safe water for the nearly one billion and one-billion-plus without sanitation. But still that effort falls short.[read more]

World Water Week: Cooperation for Water Access [VIDEO]

September 1, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Water Access

Cooperation is key to securing access to clean water for the global community. Cooperation between public and private organizations bring together the strengths and expertise of policymakers, scientists and community organizers that make possible real solutions.[read more]

The EPA & New Clean Water Protections

August 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Green Roofs and Clean Water

In 2012 there were more than 20,000 beach closing and advisory days at U.S. beaches due to unsafe bacteria levels in the water. The largest known source of that pollution was stormwater runoff – the dirty water that rolls off hard surfaces like roads and parking lots.[read more]

Want Great Beer? You Need Clean Water

July 6, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Clean Water for Good Beer

Modern brewers rely on clean water to make their product. Because no matter how carefully craft brewers tweak their malt and hops and strains of yeast, at the end of the day, beer is about 90 percent water.[read more]