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The Clean Water Act Turns 40 and the Work Is Far From Done

it will take renewed commitment and political struggle to enable the nation to finally realize its long-held dream of restoring and maintaining clean waters for existing and future generations.

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The anniversary of this transformative Act provides the nation with an opportunity to reflect on both the progress that has been achieved and the way in which it was accomplished.  We must also understand, however, that the task is far from over.  More effort will be required not only to deflect the current backlash against strong environmental protection but to complete the job which was begun in 1972.  In short, it will take renewed commitment and political struggle to enable the nation to finally realize its long-held dream of restoring and maintaining clean waters for existing and future generations.

William L. Andreen is the Edgar L. Clarkson Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. 

 
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