EPA OIG: The Clean Water Act after 37 Years: Recommitting to the Protection of the Nation's Waters
The Clean Water Act after 37 Years: Recommitting to the Protection of the Nationís Waters - Statement of Wade T. Najjum Assistant Inspector General for Program Evaluation Before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, October 15, 2009."Steps taken by EPA and others under the Clean Water Act have resulted in significant improvement in the nationís waters over what they would have been without this law. EPA has led a change in the nationís attitude toward protecting our rivers and streams. Billions of dollars are spent annually by companies and federal, State, and local governments to work toward the goals that Congress established 37 years ago. As a result, significant amounts of pollutants from factories and wastewater treatment plants are now removed before discharges reach rivers and streams; and many water bodies have been made safe for fishing and swimming. Despite these accomplishments, the full potential of the Clean Water Act has not been realized."