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The Clean Water Act at 40: There’s Still Much Left to Do

The Clean Water Act at 40: There’s Still Much Left to Do The Clean Water Act of 1972, one of the boldest environmental laws ever enacted, turns 40 this year, with an impressive record of cleaning up America's waterways. But from New York Harbor to Alaska’s Bristol Bay, key challenges remain. by paul greenberg When you turn 40, three questions inevitably arise: 1) Who am I? 2) What have I done? 3) What else can I do? Forty years ago, the U.S. Congress, in an uncharacteristically uncowardly move, overwhelmingly overrode President Nixon’s veto and passed the most powerful law for the protection of water in American (and perhaps world) history. Yes, this year the Clean Water Act officially enters its midlife crisis years. Since it is a law, and not a person, we won’t expect it to buy a red sports car and hook up with another law half its age. But having aged and weathered and ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/the_clean_water_act_at_40_th...

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