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The Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act—part of a series of environmental acts Congress initiated in 1948—was one of the outstanding U.S. legislative achievements of the twentieth century. Intended to reduce pollution of interstate rivers and of surface and underground water, the Clean Water Act of 1972 provided the first effective enforcement of water-quality standards. It was forged in a laborious compromise between divergent House and Senate bills and between concerns of environmentalists and industry. Congress passed it over President Richard Nixon’s veto.

2 Images S. 2770, Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 View All Images
6 Images President Nixon’s veto message for S. 2770, October 17, 1972 Senate... View All Images