Water Sentinels

Michigan's Menominee River north of Sixty Islands.

Water Sentinels - Protecting America's Waters

Mobilizing Citizens and Volunteers

The Sierra Club encourages individuals and families who have been directly affected by water pollution to become spokespeople for our communities.  The Clean Water Act clearly defines our lakes, rivers, and streams as 'waters of the United States' -- as invaluable resources belonging to all Americans.  

Volunteers are essential to monitoring the quality of America's waters. We hope you will join us.

This site describes what we do and how you can participate in our work:


There are many other local Water Sentinels Teams that you can read about in the Grassroots Network.



January 2016 update on the Clean Water Act

On January 13 the House  passed the very bad  S.J. Res 22 .  The good news is that President Obama vetoed it !

For the vote see Roll Call:  http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2016/roll045.xml

S. J. Res. 22 is a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

…..  The vote was  253-166 to disapprove an Obama administration water rule.

Twelve Democrats voted with Republicans in support of the measure. One Republican voted against the legislation. 49 Republican cosponsors including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).

The White House strongly opposed the measure. 

Opponents to WOTUS said  “This rule and the process in which EPA developed it ignored stakeholders, ignored states, and as reports have shown, even ignored concerns from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal agency that was supposed to be co-developing the rule.”

Details:   https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/22/text


Sierra Club Bottled Water Fact Sheet

Bottled Water: Learning the Facts and Taking Action Bottled water is important for addressing threats to public health, which sadly we are seeing more and more these days. Our goal is to discourage unnecessary uses of bottled water and to refocus society’s efforts on assuring that through adequate regulation, monitoring and enforcement of water quality standards for bottled and tap water, our municipal water supplies will be safe, affordable, of high quality, and pleasant to drink, and that local groundwater supplies will not be depleted by bulk water withdrawals for commercial use in bottled water.

Sierra Club Water Policy

Sierra Club water-related policies are listed here: http://www.sierraclub.org/policy/water-resources-policies

Powerpoint - Water Sentinels

This Powerpoint describes the many ways Sierra Club Water Sentinels work to protect the waters of the United States.For more information, contact Doris Cellarius (doris@cellarius.org).

Report on the Sierra Club National Water Survey

The national Water Sentinels Leadership Team surveyed Chapters and Groups to learn about the different kinds of  work on done on water issues throughout the Sierra Club.

Letter to Senate from many organizations opposing S. 1140, an attack on the new Clean Water Rule

The Sierra Club and many other organizations signed a letter to the US Senate explaining why they oppose S. 1140, the so-called “Federal Water Quality Protection Act.” Contrary to its title, this legislation attacks clean water protections. In fact, this legislation would prevent implementation of a recently finalized rulemaking to clarify and restore Clean Water Act protections for countless water bodies, including streams that contribute to the drinking water of one in three Americans. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency just completed their Clean Water Rule, but S. 1140 would prevent this important, scientifically rigorous rule from being implemented.