Clean Water Network

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Clean Water Network
Motto "Protecting America's Water Resources"
Formation 1992; 25 years ago (1992)
Legal status 501(c)(3) non-profit
Purpose To promote water health
Headquarters Washington, DC
Kimberly Williams

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 Natural 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."[1]

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 aims to achieve a stronger national program that will help to bring polluted waterways back to health and preserve the 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 America'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’s main collaboration techniques include creating priority projects and campaigns with its 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.


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