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