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Clean Water Act: An Anniversary and a Call to Action

posted Oct 16, 2014, 7:18 AM by David Lillard   [ updated Oct 16, 2014, 7:21 AM ]
October 18 is the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Right now, careless corporations are waging an all-out attack on the law's protections for headwater streams. See report from WV Public News Service, then comment at Take Action to tell EPA not to weaken the laws that keep water safe for kids and grownups alike. 

Heyman reports: Saturday marks the 42nd anniversary of the enactment of the Clean Water Act, and the federal government wants to hear from the public about the landmark law.

In recent years, court decisions have clouded the waters on where the key pollution law applies - especially when it comes to small mountain headwaters and lowland wetlands.

Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, says nearly 60 percent of West Virginia streams are small headwaters, so a new Waters of the U.S. proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would help protect the state's drinking water.

"If pollution would affect those streams, they would end up in streams and rivers that supply drinking water," says Rosser. "So we better adequately protect our headwater streams."  Read more or listen.