Happy birthday, Clean Water Act!

David Dzombak

Published on November 16, 2012

photo: Daderot

Reflecting on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, David Dzombak (2000) notes that the landmark legislation brought sewage treatment systems to many parts of the U.S., improved the quality of water supplies, and returned people to rivers to swim, fish, and boat. While challenges remain to meeting all its objectives, without the Act "our rivers, streams, lakes and coastal waters would be in very different condition today," Dzombak says.