Leaders mark 40th anniversary of Clean Water Act

September 19, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 19, 2012

King County leaders acknowledged local efforts to clean lakes and rivers in recognition of 40 years since the federal Clean Water Act became law.

The law, enacted in 1972, set a national goal “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters” and provided mechanisms to enforce water quality standards.

King County Council members recognized the milestone Monday, and unanimously approved a program to update the amount of untreated wastewater in Puget Sound and local lakes and rivers.

“Access to clean water is fundamental to our health, economy and quality of life,” Councilman Larry Phillips said in a statement. “The Clean Water Act has protected our nation’s water as an essential resource for all Americans, and our hard work in King County adheres to the letter and the spirit of the law keeping our waterways pristine.”

Since the Clean Water Act passed, King County has invested in programs and infrastructure to protect and improve local water quality through storm water management, industrial waste management and wastewater treatment.

“Serving on the Regional Water Quality Committee I know firsthand the great work King County does to abide by this law and I am proud to be a part of continuing the great tradition we have in this region for being able stewards of the environment,” Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement.

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