Clean Water Network

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Motto Protecting America's Water Resources
Established 1992
Exec. Dir. Natalie Roy
Headquarters Washington, DC, USA
Membership 1,200 Organizations[1]
Status 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

The Clean Water Network (CWN) is an American coalition of more than 1,200 local, state and national non-profit interest groups coordinating to promote water health, safety, and quality interests in the United States. CWN was formed in 1992 as a project of the National Resources Defense Council. The primary functions of CWN are to coordinate a variety of public interest organizations on clean water issues so that these groups may combine resources and advocate together, and to "safeguard water quality for future generations by working to defend, strengthen and implement the Clean Water Act and other key federal and state legislation impacting water."[2] CWN's current policy priority is Senator Russ Feingold's S.787, dubbed the "Clean Water Restoration Act", which seeks to remove the "navigable" clause from the original Clean Water Act, a term that has been the subject of several controversial recent United States Supreme Court decisions including SWANCC v. Army Corps of Engineers (2001) and Rapanos v. United States (2006).

Since 1992, the Clean Water Network has served public interest groups by serving as a portal for the latest news and information on federal clean water policy developments. The Network facilitates communications among member groups and coordinates joint policy and position statements as well as activities. This combination of federal policy work and field advocacy is needed to achieve a stronger national program that will help to bring polluted waterways back to health and preserve our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, estuaries and coastal waters.

The Clean Water Network is the country’s largest advocacy coalition focused on protecting and restoring our nation’s waters. In 2008, CWN became its own 501 (c) 3 independent organization; for its first 16 years it was a project of the Natural Resources Defense Council. CWN has worked hard this past year to continue to build collaboration, coordination, and capacity of member organizations. CWN’s main collaboration techniques include creating priority projects and campaigns with our members, hosting events, providing strategic communication tools, building partnerships, tapping local, state, and national expertise, and linking technical and policy experts with citizen leaders to help members participate in policy making.


  1. ^ "Clean Water Network Members List". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ "About the Clean Water Network". Archived from the original on 2012-09-02.