The Clean Water Act is turning forty! We're celebrating - on Twitter! Join us and tell the world how important the Clean Water Act is to our nation's water - just make sure you use the hashtag, #CleanWaterAct.
You can also read our blog series about the Clean Water Act here.
When Congress overwhelmingly passed the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, we set an incredibly ambitious goal: eliminate all water pollution. Before the Act, rivers like the Cuyahoga caught fire, Lake Erie was declared "dead", untreated waste was routinely dumped in rivers and streams and wetlands were thought to be useless swamps that needed to be drained for development or agriculture. The Clean Water Act changed all of that. Over the past forty years we have seen amazing progress for our water.
The Act is visionary - it was a revolution in how we think about our nation's relationship with water resources after more than a century of pollution and degradation - but it is also pragmatic
We have made significant progress that would not have been possible without the Clean Water Act:
But we still have a long way to go. We have a responsibility to renew our commitment to restore and protect our nation's greatest natural resource - water - for current and future generations.