Campaign to Safeguard

America's Waters


Welcome to CSAW, an Alaska-based project of the Earth Island Institute, dedicated to keeping public waters free from pollution.


Parnell and the Cruise Industry Throw Public Vote Overboard

Governor Parnell has introduced bills SB 29 and HB 80 to overturn a fundamental provision of the cruise ship discharge law passed by popular vote in Alaska in 2006. The initiative called for better controls on pollution, industry taxes to pay for a portion of the costs of their infrastructure, and disclosure requirements to stop cruise ship companies from blacklisting many Alaska-based businesses. Download the full release (PDF)

Take Action!

Please contact the Governor's office and your local State Representatives and Senators (if you live in Alaska) and tell them you don't want to see the State's pollution laws weakened. Find phone numbers and contact information here...

Also check out the latest dates and deadlines that need your input: Find out more...

Why We Exist...

To protect and maintain the beneficial uses of all public waters by advocating for the full implementation of the goals and objectives of the Clean Water Act.

...Who We Are...

CSAW, founded in 1998, is primarily a volunteer effort by people from around the country who believe clean water is a right, not a privilege. CSAW has one full time director position, and takes on additional staff as needed to work on specific projects.

...What We Do...

CSAW works to prevent the degradation of public waters by employing advocacy, education, litigation, legislation and market campaigns to challenge the adoption and implementation of weak state and federal rules that undermine the two fundamental goals of the Clean Water Act: (1) to ensure all waters of the United States are fishable and swimmable, and (2) eliminate the discharge of all pollutants into public waters.

...Where We're Going...

1. CSAW is working to close the “mixing zone” loophole in federal and state regulations. Mixing zones, i.e., pollution-dilution zones, authorized in thousands of permits nationwide, are portions of waters adjacent to discharge pipes where polluters are often not required to meet the state water quality standards adopted to protect human health and aquatic life. When standards are not met, beneficial uses are not protected.

2. CSAW is working to stop cruise ships from discharging millions of gallons of wastewater into our oceans and coastal waters. Cruise ships, which are effectively "floating cities" and home to thousands of passengers and crew, have been dumping polluted wastestreams into public waters since the 1970’s. CSAW has been working in the U.S. and other countries since 2000 with individual citizens and other NGOs to strengthen the discharge and oversight rules for the cruise industry.

...How YOU can Help !

By joining CSAW you put your money where our mouths are - working across the U.S. and a growing number of countries around the world to stop the pollution of our planet's waters. With minimal staff and no fancy offices, your donation will help sponsor our work, not our lifestyle! You'll also receive the award-winning quarterly Earth Island Journal.

If you want to play a more active role in protecting your local waters, or you've witnessed a serious pollution incident, please contact CSAW.