Clean air and water are vital to our health, economic prosperity, and the environment. Many communities in the West depend on rivers and streams as sources for drinking water and irrigation. When pollution degrades the water quality of such rivers and streams, ecosystems suffer and the treatment of water becomes more costly. Air pollution—from power plants, vehicles, industries, and other sources—increases the risk of early death and disease, including asthma, cancer, and heart disease, and is linked to other adverse health impacts such as birth defects and Alzheimer’s.
Western Resource Advocates works to protect water quality and to establish and defend clean air standards so that communities and nature thrive.