What is the Clean Water Act?



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    The Clean Water Act is EPA legislation that requires industry and other polluting parties to keep certain harmful chemicals and substances out of public waters. I’ve attached the link for the legislation below.

    The act was actually initiated by singer-songwriter Pete Seeger and his Hudson River Revival music festival, in an effort to clean up and protect the Hudson River in New York.

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    The Clean Water Act (CWA) developed out of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948. Significant amendments were made regarding pollution law, and in 1977, the law was renamed to become the CWA. Here is a list of the amendments, provided by the EPA.

    • Established the basic structure for regulating pollutants discharges into the waters of the United States.
    • Gave EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry.
    • Maintained existing requirements to set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters.
    • Made it unlawful for any person to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained under its provisions.
    • Funded the construction of sewage treatment plants under the construction grants program.
    • Recognized the need for planning to address the critical problems posed by nonpoint source pollution.
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