Local Leaders Mark Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary
Posted at: 10/16/2012 6:18 PM
| Updated at: 10/16/2012 10:52 PM
Duluth area leaders marked the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act in Canal Park Tuesday afternoon, and highlighted the need for more work on area water infrastructure.
According to the BlueGreen Alliance, a group of organizations dedicated to creating more jobs in the green economy, the Clean Water Act has helped to clean up lakes and rivers and local water supplies. The group says it's helped to better protected wildlife from pollution and restore unhealthy water systems. Their news release says "the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act in improving one of our most fundamental needs is a testament to the fact that regulations on our water supply should be strengthened, not weakened."
Dave Zentner, a representative with the National Wildlife Foundation, told Eyewitness News "this is a day to celebrate. It's also a day to remember that we can't go backward. The citizens will not allow Congress to go backward and turn their backs on all the progress."
The BlueGreen Alliance says "much of the water pipe around the country is between 40 and 100 years old...fixing the problem is an opportunity to create jobs for American workers. The benefit of meeting this need is that it can create thousands of jobs. Every $1 billion invested in water infrastructure will create more than 20,000 new jobs."