Clean water is a bipartisan issue with a long history of bipartisan support. Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 with the broad support of two-thirds of Congress.
Congress passed the Clean Water Act with the goal of ending the use of our nation’s waters for discharge of pollutants by 1985. Clearly we have missed that goal by a long shot, though we have made great progress in cleaning up our waterways for swimming, fishing, and drinking water. Still, industrial pollution, toxic dumping, sewage overflows, extreme energy extraction, and many more problems continue to threaten the waters on which our families and communities rely.
We must call upon our elected officials to renew our nation’s commitment to the goal of ending the use of our nation’s waters for the discharge of pollutants, and to work to make all our waters swimmable, fishable, and drink able. These fundamental goals of the Clean Water Act should have overwhelming bipartisan support, as the act’s initial passage had, because they are crucial to public health, well-being, and local economies across the nation.