The Clean Water Act


The Clean Water Act is 45 years old today. Among other things, it stopped industries discharging pollutants into the nation's waters, set standards for water quality, and funded sewage treatment plants. This monumental piece of legislation put in motion the attempt to control water pollution throughout the nation. And it did clean up our rivers, streams, and lakes, but as the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, painfully shows, we need to do much, much more. We cannot allow the current administration to roll back the progress we've made ("Trump administration to propose repealing rule giving EPA broad authority over water pollution") and prevent us from moving forward to ensure we can swim in our lakes and rivers and oceans and drink the water coming from our faucets. Let's celebrate the Clean Water Act today and the activism that was behind it but never be complacent.