Celebrate Clean Water!
Our waterways no longer catch on fire. The idea that industrial waste was so thick it appeared you could walk across rivers – inconceivable.
Back then even when the hazards were blazing before our eyes, it took decades to collectively realize and act that our rivers were not dumping grounds. Wouldn’t it be nice to share what has been accomplished with those who felt helpless years ago?
Forty years of the Clean Water Act has provided us with success stories that we can see, but also feel. In many places and hopefully near you; fishing, swimming, and paddling is possible again.
We’re in a better place than the bystanders watching the Cuyahoga River blaze in 1952, but we still have to want our water to be clean. Challenges await our action. Nutrient pollution is increasingly harming local streams to coastal waters. New pollutants are making their way from our wastewater and runoff into our environment and back into our bodies. There is still work to do, but it’s anything but hopeless.
Join the celebrations, join us as we look to our future.
Three Way Cool Ways to Celebrate
Check out milestones, inspiration as the Clean Water Act turns 40!
New app! Check up on your local waterway
Act Simply for a Difference
Such as, be as mindful about what goes down your drain as with what comes out the faucet. Pledge easy steps, watch your part of the world get a bit greener.
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