2012 is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA). This federal law governing water pollution established regulations for discharging pollutants and quality standards for surface waters.
These 1972 amendments marked an important step forward in addressing point sources of pollution, with future amendments following to address the non-point sources. Many pollution control programs, as well as water quality standards, have been set under the CWA.
Education is key in continuing to keep our waters clean. Take this opportunity to learn more about the Clean Water Act and what you can do to help.