October 01, 2012

The Back Page

Mark Ryan

The Clean Water Act (CWA) marked its 40th Anniversary in October. After it was passed in 1972, the CWA quickly became and remains today one of the cornerstones of our federal environmental protection system. Along with the Clean Air Act and Superfund, to name a few, Congress’s enactment of the CWA has resulted in dramatic improvements in our environment and quality of life. Yet the Act remains controversial and, in my experience, frequently misunderstood and misrepresented.

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