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Our Programs

Clean Water & Air

Goal: Protect the water we drink and the air we breathe by holding polluters accountable, networking local clean water champions, and more.
In a greener, healthier world, all of us would treat our air and water as the precious life-giving resources they are, not as dumping grounds for our waste. Wisconsin Environment Research and Policy Center takes concrete steps to move us closer to the world we want to live in, from holding illegal water and air polluters accountable to networking local citizens who serve as champions of the local waters they love.
  • <h4>CLEAN WATER NETWORK</h4><h5>Our Clean Water Network connects more than 250 local and regional watershed protection groups, so they can share ideas and resources, gain expertise, and band together to take on bigger challenges.</h5><em>Gordon Black / Cahaba River Society</em>
  • <h4>GET THE LEAD OUT</h4><h5>Medical experts estimate more than 24 million American kids will lose IQ points due to lead exposure. Some will be exposed in their schools’ drinking water. The best way to protect children’s health is to get the lead out of schools and child care facilities.</h5><em>Phase4Photography / Shutterstock.com</em>
  • <h4>RESEARCH AND EDUCATION</h4><h5>We have released dozens of reports and toolkits: from reporting which major industrial facilities have violated the Clean Water Act across the country, to the benefits of clean car standards. Our national network has a track record of investigating problems and crafting solutions to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.</h5><em>Nicholas Thomas</em>
Clean air to breathe, clean water to drink

To promote clean water and air, Wisconsin Environment Research and Policy Center, our network of 29 state affiliates, and activists in all 50 states are running these projects and campaigns:

Clean Water Network: Since 2014, we’ve coordinated the Clean Water Network, uniting more than 250 local and regional citizen groups to become more effective clean water champions.

Get the Lead Out: It’s not just Flint: Millions of American kids are being exposed to lead in their drinking water. The best way to protect our children’s health is to get the lead out, starting with schools and day care centers.