Clean Water Act’s Promises Half Kept at Half-Century Anniversary

Long after its goal to make all U.S. waters fishable and swimmable by 1983, 50% of assessed river and stream miles are impaired by pollution, according to a new report

A half century after the passage of the landmark federal Clean Water Act, and almost four decades after the law’s deadline for all waters across the U.S. to be “fishable and swimmable,” 50% of assessed river and stream miles — 703,417 miles nationally — are so polluted they...

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