Protecting Clean Water

Zephyr Teachout will fight to protect our water from the greed of big polluters and the corruption of our political system. She will strengthen laws that prevent big corporations from poisoning our water supply, make sure that polluters pay to clean up the mess they made, and fight to ensure that affected families get the resources they need.

When it comes to protecting our water in New York, Zephyr’s track record couldn’t be stronger: she has worked with community leaders to pass a statewide ban on fracking, has been an advocate for the people of Hoosick Falls and Newburgh who have had their water poisoned, and has been outspoken in her opposition to the proposed anchorages that would turn the Hudson River into a parking lot for oil barges.

In Congress, Zephyr will continue to be a fierce protector of clean water by:

  • Forcing corporate polluters to clean up the mess they made. In Congress, Zephyr will make sure companies like General Electric can’t walk away from still-polluted waterways like the Hudson River.
     
  • Supporting health and monitoring programs for local communities. In the ongoing water crisis in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, companies like St. Gobain and Honeywell must pay for medical monitoring programs and health funds for impacted communities.
     
  • Reforming the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to close the revolving door between government regulators and the oil and gas industry. FERC must prevent conflicts of interest that incentivize approval of dangerous projects like the Constitution and NED pipelines that threaten our drinking water.
     
  • Investing in crucial infrastructure needed to protect our water systems. 95% of the submitted improvement projects to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program remain unfunded due to the overwhelming demand.
     
  • Opposing efforts to build anchorages for oil barges on the Hudson River by joining with colleagues to pass Congressman Maloney’s “Hudson River Protection Act.”
     
  • Fighting to stop fracking and the dangers it poses to our drinking water -- and advocating for clean, renewable energy that can create millions of jobs in our country.