More than half of the streams across America are in “poor” condition, due in large part to pollution running off farms, lawns, and parking lots. Approximately one-third of these streams are too dirty to even be considered “fishable” or “swimmable” – meaning they can't support healthy populations of fish and other aquatic life and they are not safe for us to play in or on the water.

The problem may be worse than we know. Only 20 percent of U.S. waters are even monitored, and many of these are monitored only once every 5 years. 

So, what can you do about it? A lot! You can make a big impact with a few simple steps. Let us show you how fun and easy it can be to help solve America's water quality problems.

Clean Water: Your Right To Know

Every American has the right to know whether the streams running through our backyards and neighborhood parks are safe for our kids to play in or dogs to splash through.

Unfortunately, there is an alarming lack of up-to-date information about water quality in this country. Is your neighborhood stream clean – or is it filled with bacteria, cancer-causing chemicals, and other toxins? The truth is, often no one knows.

Find out more in our new report: "Clean Water: Your Right To Know."

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Save Our Streams

How clean is the water in your neighborhood stream? We can give you the tools to check water quality and stop pollution at its source.

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Clean Water Challenge

Join our Clean Water Challenge: to monitor 100,000 more streams nationwide by 2022! There are many ways you can help!

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Clean Water Act

The League is fighting to protect small streams and wetlands and ensure America’s waters are safe for fishing, swimming, and other uses. Learn more about the Clean Water Act.

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Become a Creek Freak

What is a Creek Freak? Middle school students who want to make a splash to help the environment. We'll help you start your own program. 

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