Celebrate 40 years of the Clean Water Act with a look at the river that runs through our back yard.
Posted in James River
Tagged Clean Water Act, Ralph White
Hey, if you are going to copy oregonhill.net, you might as well share this post also:
Sadly, the James River Association does not want to get involved in this, for fear of disturbing their corporate sponsors.
To quote a commenter: They did not even bother to put up erosion controls as required by the Chesapeake Bay Act, before beginning this work that included a deep bulldozer rut down the side of the canal.
If I were guilty of any plagiarism it would be from Phil Riggan who posted a link to the video on Twitter this morning. When I copy I give credit where credit is due.
As a daily reader and occasional contributor to this site, I can add my assurance that Richard does not plagiarize. H&H is one of the real community assets, and has higher standards than most, if not all, the community blogs.
I’ve exchanged emails with Scott. His remarks were meant to be teasing not accusatory. I’m grumpy and took them wrong. All is good.
Yeah, forgot my emoticon. ;)
Grumpier than me? ;)
Of a serious note, when some complain about “government regulations”, they are talking about things like the Clean Warer Act. Where would the river be today without those regulations?
David Zwick was a young law school student when Ralph Nader recruited him to a task force researching water pollution problems. After a two-year tour of America’s most polluted waters, Zwick authored Water Wasteland and then founded Clean Water Action to address the issues outlined in his book. Zwick transformed Clean Water Action into a grassroots organization while continuing to drive the lobbying work forward in Washington, where he was influential in the clean water debates. He contributed to key sections of the Clean Water Act, including the citizen suit provision, which allows members of the public to enforce the law when the government fails to.
During the late 1960s water pollution was spreading in many parts of the country, with a burning Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio and biologically dead Lake Erie among the visible examples of much wider problems.
1969 – David Zwick joins Ralph Nader’s water pollution task force.
1971 – Water Wasteland is published. David Zwick joined forces with Ralph Nader to publish Water Wasteland in 1971. The result of a two-year study into water quality issues in the United States, Water Wasteland concluded that spreading water pollution was directly linked with the increasing political strength of industrial polluters.
1972 – Clean Water Action is launched. The fledgling organization’s goal was to enact many of Water Wasteland’s platforms of recommended changes into law. To reach this goal, Zwick outlined a grassroots strategy of door-to-door canvassing and public education.
1972 – Clean Water Act becomes law. In October 1972, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Congress passed the Clean Water Act over a veto by President Richard M. Nixon.
1974 – Safe Drinking Water Act is passed.
Thank you, EPA!!