We Must Protect the Clean Water Act Essay

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The Clean Water Act has made advances to our society that have helped our environment to flourish with life. The objective of the Act when it was enacted in 1972 was to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's water. This objective was accompanied by other statutory goals to eliminate the discharge of pollutants into waters used by boats by 1985 and to attain waters deemed “fishable or swimmable” by 1983. So far, the Act has done exactly what it was meant to do. Its purpose is being served and we our benefiting with clean water.

No where in the context of the Clean Water Act does it say anything about respecting the convenience of businesses wishing to dump their toxins
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The intent of the of the Clean Water Act Amendments of 1995 is to increase flexibility on businesses, States, local governments, and landowners.
This increase in flexibility is meant to relax some regulations dealing with the discharge of wastes and stormwater into waterways, authority of States to rely on voluntary measures to control nonpoint source pollution, limit Federal authority to restrict land use in wetlands, and require the Federal Government to reimburse landowners for loss of property value resulting from wetlands regulations. All of these measures will make it easier for toxins to be thrown into our drinking water by businesses with no remorse.

This bill is supposedly supposed to help our environment, but it seems to me that this bill is driven by political and economic interests, rather than the well being of our environment. Why should we be more linient in the protection of our water so a business may have a place to dump its wastes in.
Rather, we should enforce the protection of our water so that businesses are forced to go elsewhere with their wastes. Our water is far to valuable for it to be polluted and toxicated with whatever it is being dumped into it. Our water is sacred to use for its value in public and economic health and the enactment of this bill will devastate this goal we strive for.

This bill was