Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Celebrate 50 Years of the Clean Water Act with ASCE Pittsburgh and Friends

The festival would like to thank Hali Hetz, Public Affairs Associate at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, for providing pro bono graphic artist services!

On October 18, 1972 the United States Clean Water Act officially entered into national law setting the stage for an unprecedented effort to clean up and protect our nation's waters. The United States is blessed with a vast and abundant supply of fresh water. In total there are approximately 3.5 million miles of rivers and streams. To put this into perspective, if stretched from end-to-end, our nation's rivers and streams would be long enough to make a trip from the Earth to the Moon almost fifteen times.

The Clean Water Act and its water protection laws provide a common national standard to ensure everyone has safe and clean access to water for future generations. With its passage no longer would dumping of industrial wastes, sewage, and stormwater go unchecked and no longer would protective riparian buffers, wetlands, and streams be buried or bulldozed. Since its inception 50 years ago, the Clean Water Act would result in over $1 trillion dollars in federal and state investment bringing immeasurable clean water benefits for current and future generations.

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