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Rachel Carson Impact

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Also involved within the U.S. Forest Services as a member was Rachel Carson, who was also an American marine biologist and conservationist. Carson directed her attention to conservation after quitting her job as a biologist and dedicating herself to awaken the public by exposing the unknown terrors of pesticides that scientists did not want the public to be aware of with her book, Silent Spring. Carson’s work had a huge impact within society and conservation regulation movements, resulting into more than 40 bills passed in Congress to take back the environment. Carson maintains a remarkable message for the modern utilitarian conservation movement emphasizing the effects of unregulated chemical use and a push for government legislation with the central theme of nature existing for the people. Carson’s work directly influenced the federal utilitarian conservation movement through the 11 years after its publication. Although, Silent Spring, was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Silent Spring meticulously describes how DDT…show more content…
Originally, it was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply, but later in 1986 and 1996 in order to protect drinking water and its sources from lakes, reservoirs, rivers, springs, and ground water wells, the law was amended by requiring many actions including setting the standards for drinking water quality. It is the SDWA’s responsibility to oversee the states, localities, and water suppliers that they perform up to those standards. This law almost guaranteed the safety of drinking water as well as the safety of the general
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