Join the Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin in its mission to lead, support, and inspire local and state-level legislation to protect water in Wisconsin. 

Our Beginning

The Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin started with a generous anonymous offer to pay for six charter buses to get citizens from around Wisconsin to Madison to share concerns about water and demand responsible water policy from elected officials and a Citizens' Water Lobby Day in Madison in February 2017.  The three organizers of Citizens' Water Lobby Day were overwhelmed by the response to the event and realized it was time for all people and groups with an interest in clean and abundant water to join forces.

The members of the Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin believe water is the common ground among grass-roots groups opposing frac sand mining, other mining, pipelines, high capacity wells, easing of shoreline zoning rules and CAFOs across Wisconsin. They've joined forces in order to unify their voices and strategically focus on what is needed — elected officials who are willing to stand up and fight for citizens' rights to clean water.

“Living democracy grows like a tree, from the bottom up.” — Vandana Shiva  

Civic Engagement 

Coalition members are encouraged and empowered to engage with elected officials until there is absolute certainty Wisconsin’s water is protected from various forms of pollution. Our common  demand of responsible water policy and our message of diversity and citizen-led engagement will continue to gain ground as we move forward.

The Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin will speak out and provide information about the importance - even critical nature - of prudent statewide water management. The Coalition effort benefits all Wisconsin residents because it asks our elected officials to make responsible decisions about how to best protect our water now and in the future.

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Our Mission

The Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin's mission is to protect and care for Wisconsin's water resources by actively engaging with elected officials across all levels of government. Clean and abundant water is essential for sustaining Wisconsin's prosperity, providing clean and abundant drinking water, preserving diverse aquatic habitats for wildlife and recreation, and strengthening property values.


Wisconsin lakes, streams and rivers were added to the EPA's impaired waters list in 2016.


of private wells are estimated to be contaminated by one or more pollutants at levels above health standards. 


Registered high capacity sources withdraw 2 trillion gallons of water a year in Wisconsin. 

Water at Risk

Wisconsin is home to 15,000 lakes, 44,000 miles of rivers and streams, 330 watersheds, and three major drainage basins: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. Yet high-capacity wells are threatening the health of streams and lakes; manure from agricultural runoff is polluting private wells, lakes and streams; and drinking water is tainted with pollutants such as nitrates, lead, bacteria and pesticides.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism's series, Failure at the Faucet, detailed the lax enforcement, outdated rules and numerous substances — natural and manmade — that threaten drinking water for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents. 

Get Involved

The Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin is working to inspire people to work together to create a new water ethic, find solutions to Wisconsin's water quality and quantity problems, and send a clear message to our elected officials that the people of Wisconsin demand clean water.

 We know the problems that are facing our waters and we know that the longer we wait to fix these problems, the more expensive the fixes will be. Now is the time to act because we, our children, and our grandchildren deserve better.

The Coalition's Clean Water Declaration is a collaborative effort driven by citizens and grass-roots organizations from around the state. We are coming together to create a force for change – a change in the water policies of the state of Wisconsin. By sharing ideas and resources across legislative districts and watersheds, we will be stronger – stronger together to command our right to clean water.

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