Posts tagged: clean water act
ENVIRONMENT — Local experts will discuss “The Clean Water Act at 40” and its implications to the Spokane River in a public panel discussion Wednesday (Nov. 7), 6 p.m. at The Community Buildling, 35 W. Main St.
“In October of 1972 Congress signed in to law a historic piece of legislation that to this day continues to help clean up and protect the Spokane River,” says Spokane RiverKeeper Bart Mihailovich, sponsor of the event.
The discussion and public Q&A opportunities will be moderated by Rick Eichstaedt, executive director of the Center for Justice and a Clean Water Act expert.
Read on for details about the local panelists — and the REFRESHMENTS that will be available.
ENVIRONMENT — I was in high school when the rivers were catching fire in Cleveland.
The Clean Water Act, a series of amendments to a limp 1948 law, was approved by Congress 40 years ago and put into action by the Environmental Protection Agency. It helped put an end to such gross treatment of water resources, or at least make it illegal, and revive or protect fishing in many waters.
Environmentalists get a bad rap. But in cases such as water pollution, the only regrets are that they weren't able to get the country's attention much sooner.
Read on for more benefits from a law that helps protect our most basic source of life.
PUBLIC LANDS — Shrinking budgets at national forests are putting the squeeze on native fisheries.
Cutbacks in maintaning mountain roads have left a backlog of work totalling more than $1 billion in the national forests of Washington and Oregon alone, the Forest Service officials report.
The result is erosion, clogged culverts, road blowouts, blocked fish passage, and spawning areas smothered in silt.
Northwest Public Radio has an excellent report on the situation.