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The Law that Changed America

Today is the 46th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the law that changed America. The Clean Water Act passed in 1972, a time when the nation’s rivers were awash in trash, industrial debris, and chemicals. Ohio’s Cuyahoga River had caught fire at least a dozen times before June 22, 1969, when a spark from ...


Much-needed money for drinking water infrastructure may be on its way

The Water Resources Development Act, which passed both the House and the Senate and awaits the president’s signature, apportions some much-needed money for drinking water infrastructure. It includes: $4.4 billion over three years for EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, which provides financing to states and utilities to improve drinking water infrastructure. $50 million ...


North Carolina, we should have known better

One big lesson of Hurricane Florence: North Carolina has failed to learn from the recent past. As part of my job as an environmental lawyer at Waterkeeper Alliance, I look at a lot of post-hurricane photos of flooded cesspools the size of Olympic swimming pools at industrial swine operations. When I do, I always look ...