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Booklet on Water Pollution Control. (Products & Services).

The National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC) is now offering a booklet titled Water Pollution Control: Twenty-Five Years of Progress and Challenges for the New Millennium.

Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) Office of Water, this booklet discusses the Clean Water Action Plan and other approaches to protecting public health from threats posed by water pollution, including decentralized wastewater treatment (on-site) systems. In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act (CWA) in response to public outrage over the deplorable condition of the nation's waters. This report summarizes the progress and challenges of the CWA's first 25 years, and what work remains to be done.

The basic CWA approach has been greater control of "point sources" of water pollution--primarily factories and city sewers, along with control of activities that destroy wetlands. The report details ways in which federal law and policy have been continually strengthened to clean up America's waters, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. Funding remains an important component of the CWA and its 1987 amendments in the form of the State Revolving Fund (SRF). Despite impressive progress, states report that close to 40 percent of the waters they surveyed are too polluted for basic uses such as fishing or swimming. New focuses are more effective control of polluted runoff and the promotion of water quality protection on a watershed basis.

Water Pollution Control: Twenty-Five Years of Progress and Challenges for the New Millennium may be useful to local, state, and public-health officials; managers; finance officers; state regulatory agencies; planners; operators; engineers; and the general public. The five-page booklet is free, but shipping charges still apply To order, call NSFC at (800) 624-8301 or (304) 293-4191, or send e-mail to <>. Request Item #GNBLGN15.
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Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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