18 Oct '11, 6pm

In 1969, a river caught fire. And in 2011, on its 39th anniversary, the Clean Water Act needs defenders!

In 1969, a river caught fire. And in 2011, on its 39th anniversary, the Clean Water Act needs defenders!

That fire wasn't the river's first. It was approximately the thirteenth time the river's surface had burned. But the conflagration in 1969 was the last time. There's a simple explanation why. Three years later -- thirty-nine years ago today --the Clean Water Act became law, inspired in part by the Cuyahoga fire and over the veto of President Nixon. No longer could companies dump pollutants into waterways; no longer could states turn a blind eye to their doing so. But three years after the Clean Water Act passed, public investment in water infrastructure as a share of our gross domestic product had peaked. As the decades have passed, we've invested less and less in our water infrastructure. At this point the EPA estimates that in order for America's water systems to be able to operate without sewage overflows or contamination, we'd need to invest $188 billion dollars. Here'...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/on-its-39th-anniv...

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