04 Sep '12, 8am

The Clean Water Act turns 40

The Clean Water Act turns 40

Holman also sees benefits to melding certain laws, noting how pollutants can shift around the environment instead of vanishing. "We're making great strides with the Clean Air Act, but a lot of the stuff that gets scrubbed out of smokestacks can pollute water," he says. "Having a more integrated policymaking approach would allow us to better weigh the different tradeoffs and make better decisions." Adler agrees, citing Congress' habit of drawing artificial lines in nature. "Why do we separate the management of water quality and water quantity?" he asks. "Why do we separate groundwater and surface water when they're hydrologically connected?"

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