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Clean Water Act Turns 50, Environment Georgia Calls for Stricter Measures

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which was passed by Congress on October 18th, 1972. The measure established a nationwide approach to improving the quality of lakes, rivers, streams and other bodies of water. 

Jennette Gayer is Executive Director of Environment Georgia, she says we have seen substantial progress over the years, but there is still much to be done. 

Gayer is calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to place stricter limits on what companies can dump into water. She says a recent report shows that more than five million pounds of toxic chemicals made it to Georgia waters in 2020. 

The report did not measure potential pollution from nonpoint sources like runoff.  

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!