Dirty Water Act
(Part 3 Bonus: Clean Water Act Continued)
Dirty Water Act
In direct response to the new Clean Water Rule that clarifies and reinforces the Clean Water Act, senate has recently submitted the “Federal Water Quality Protection Act.” However, under this beautifully intentioned title, this act would serve as a direct block to the recent Clean Water Rule. Here is an excerpt from a letter written by concerned citizens, businesses, and environmental specialists and organizations to the Senate dated October 29, 2015 that clearly speaks to the true intention of the “Federal Water Quality Protection Act:”
“This legislation would not only prevent the recently completed rulemaking from being implemented, but also would create new impediments to protecting important waters and creates far more confusion than it resolves. The legislation would make it harder to protect streams and wetlands and would outright direct the agencies to exclude so-called “isolated waters” from being covered by the Clean Water Act. All of these new limitations on the Act’s coverage ignore the copious scientific evidence revealing the important role of headwaters and seasonal and rain dependent waters on downstream water quality. The bill also includes new vague provisions that would add to the confusion, rather than clarify which waters are protected.”
A History of the National Perspective on Waste Water
It may seem absolutely crazy to think about, but there was a time when we dumped as much trash and waste as we wanted, wherever we wanted – neglecting to consider the consequences. As time has gone on, we have realized the impact that these behaviors and lack of regulations have led to devastating issues. Here is a great timeline compiled by the Department of Environmental Equality depicting the National Perspective on Waste and our Water.
Pre-1800: “We’ve always done it this way.”
1800s: “We know water pollution contributes to disease, so we need to tell people they can’t put their garbage in or around water.”
Early 1900s – 1945: “With World War I, the Roaring ’20s, the Great Depression, and World War II, who has time to worry about garbage?”
Post-war Period – 1964: “With prosperity again, we really need to do something. But what?”
1965 – 1991: “It’s time to change the focus of the waste management problem.”
1978 – 1980: “Uh, Washington? New York here. We have a problem.”
Knowledge is Power
Although you may not work directly in the senate, it’s important to remember that your knowledge has power. Not only is it crucial to be informed of current policies, acts and rules, it’s important to make your voice heard. This can be done simply by your educated voting. Next time you walk into the voting booth, know what items are on the ballot and exactly what your vote means, or you may just be voting yes to toxic dumping in your own backyard.
Catch-up On The Previous Three Blog Posts on the Global Water Crisis: