On Saturday, October 18th the Clean Water Act will celebrate its 42nd anniversary. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, oil spills, river fires, and toxic waste put a national spotlight on our country’s serious water pollution problems. As a result, Congress voted with overwhelming bipartisan support to enact the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972.
The passage of the CWA finally gave regulatory agencies the authority to hold polluters accountable, to regulate the discharge of pollution, and to establish water quality standards for our ailing waterways.
While the CWA has not achieved its ultimate goal of restoring all of our waters to “fishable, swimmable,” this landmark legislation has resulted in significant improvements for our Three Rivers and many of our nation’s waters. And, that is something definitely worth celebrating!