Do you drink water, do your children drink, bath, play in water? Don’t you think it is a good idea to keep supporting clean water? Here are a few facts and thoughts to consider on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act:
Clean water is a bipartisan issue with a long history of bipartisan support. Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 with the support of two-thirds of Congress. Congress passed it with the goal of ending the use of our nation’s waters for discharge of pollutants by 1985. Clearly we have missed that goal by a longshot, though we have made great progress in cleaning up our waterways for swimming, fishing and drinking water.
Still, industrial pollution, toxic dumping, sewage overflows, extreme energy extraction, and many more problems continue to threaten the waters on which our families and communities rely.
We must call upon our elected officials to renew our nation’s commitment to the goal of ending the use of our nation’s waters for the discharge of pollutants, and to work to make all our waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable. These fundamental goals of the Clean Water Act should have overwhelming bipartisan support, as the act’s initial passage had, because they are crucial to public health, well-being, and local economies all across the nation.
Mary Hughan Rojeski