Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit environmental law center that works for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. We believe that every citizen has the potential to make a difference.

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Midwest Environmental Advocates’ commitment to protecting the health and wealth of our water resources is at the heart of the work we do. We specialize in Clean Water Act enforcement, leveraging our expertise with science, the law and effective communication to mobilize communities, inform public policy and protect healthy water. We collaborate with citizens, environmental groups, faith groups and entire communities to turn back threats to water quality and quantity. We empower ordinary people to act as informed stewards of the healthy water on which our lives depend.

We protect water quality and quantity by reviewing and commenting on state waste water permits; advocating for state regulations on how manure is applied to farm fields; advocating for state protections regarding groundwater pumping; and supporting local groups demanding that public water stay out of private hands.

"Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land."  -Luna Leopold