The Clean Water Act, adopted in 1972, set the goal of making all of our waterways safe for swimming. Nearly a half-century later, Americans visiting their favorite beach are still met all too often by advisories warning not to go in the water. And each year, millions of Americans are sickened by swimming in contaminated water. Safe for Swimming? reviews sampling data from beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico, finding that all too often our beaches have risky levels of pollution -- and suggests tools for communities and policymakers to make beaches safe, now and for the future.

From mass extinctions to super storms and melting ice caps, the world is in the midst of interlocking crises of climate change and loss of biodiversity that seem complicated and intractable. But what if there were steps we could take today to address both crises? 

Aidan Braun

Yesterday we released the 2020 edition of our report Safe for Swimming?, which finds that, all too often, there are unsafe levels of pollution at our beaches. But the report also shows something positive: There's a wealth of environmental data available for understanding water quality at the places we swim.

Gideon Weissman

Many people have been staying home during COVID-19, forgoing travel of all kinds for work and pleasure. And that has had a big impact on greenhouse gas emissions. But it hasn’t changed the fact that we need to make major, long-lasting changes in our economy if we are going to address climate change.

Christiane Paulhus

Senior policy analyst Tony Dutzik spoke with Streetsblog USA about how to restore balance to a transportation funding system in which drivers pick up less and less of the cost of the roads they use.

As Congress debates a new auto bailout, analyst Gideon Weissman explained in Marketwatch how U.S. automakers failed to live up to their environmental and economic promises following the last bailout, and the lessons for this time around.

Frontier Group worked with the U.S. PIRG Education Fund on a new report finding that, as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the financial situations of millions of Americans, consumer complaints to the CFPB have spiked to record levels.

Senior Policy Analyst Tony Dutzik moderated a panel on state-level climate policy at the National Shared Mobility Summit.

Vox describes the laws that let dealerships sell potentially dangerous used cars, following our finding that 1 in 9 surveyed used vehicles sold at Autonation contain unrepaired safety recalls.

In Florida, where the Trump administration has proposed allowing offshore drilling, the Miami Herald covered our new report describing how drilling off our coasts damages not just ocean habitats, but onshore environments and communities too.