The Clean Water Act and Existing Threats in US Waters

NoWaterNoLife horizBy Isabelle Bienen, NWNL Research Intern
(Edited by Alison M. Jones, NWNL Director)

Part 1 of a 3-part series
The Clean Water Act was created by the U. S. Congress to ensure that those in the U.S. have access to safe drinking water. This blog series will highlight the threats that spurred the creation of this act (citing specific issues in NWNL case-study watersheds); a definition of its regulations; and an analysis of its implementation and implications. Below is the first post in this series which outlines how this Act came to be. It continues to specifically depict existing threats in the Mississippi River Basin (a NWNL case study watershed) that helped shape the Act and those that are addressed in the Act. The second blog in this series will detail existing threats and those addressed by the Act that are in the other 2 NWNL North American case study watersheds: the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Basin, and New Jersey’s Raritan River Basin. The third blog will discuss general health threats across the U.S. that also clearly highlighted the need for the Clean Water Act. Read More.

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