Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act was established in 1972, and is based on a 1948 bill called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, which regulates and sets standards for water quality in the U.S. The changes in 1972 were significant and marked a drastic shift and tone for water regulations, treatment, and standards from surface water treatment to groundwater treatment. The passage of this bill also came with funding which led to the hire of a generational work force that has run the U.S. water and wastewater facilities for more than 40 years. The American Jobs Plan proposed by President Joe Biden in March 2021 is the first major proposal to rival the Clean Water Act's funding of the industry since it was enacted in 1972.

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May 6 2022
Water Environment Federation (WEF), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), and American Water Works Association (AWWA) released a…
Apr 21 2022
A scrap metal processing facility run by a company in Springfield has agreed to pay $165,000 and to make system improvements. This will be done to…
Apr 8 2022
Jillian Ames Nathan Metcalf On December 27 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a final nationwide permit (NWP) rule…
Apr 7 2022
Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife heard testimony from a public clean water utility…
Mar 24 2022
EPA announced the release of a new web tool, called “ECHO Notify,” that empowers members of the public to stay informed about important environmental…
Mar 16 2022
Kenneth Fulton, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was sentenced after pleading guilty to Clean Water Act violations. He is former Project Manager of El Reno…
Feb 14 2022
The U.S. EPA and Florida are debating Trump-era Clean Water Act regulations for permitting. According to E&E News, Florida wants to continue…
Clarence Wittwer
Clarence Wittwer, owner and chief operating officer of Wittwer Environmental
Jan 24 2022
When I first entered the water industry in 1991, I had the pleasure of working for many leaders and treatment plant operators that had first entered…
Jan 13 2022
What is the Clean Water Act? The Clean Water Act (CWA) is U.S. legislation enacted in the early 1970s, and is otherwise known as the Federal Water…
Jan 10 2022
On Dec. 27, 2021, the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a final nationwide permit (NWP) rule renewing a permitting tool for both the…
Dec 30 2021
The U.S. and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), filed a civil lawsuit against the Bucks County Water and…
Dec 23 2021
Marmon Utility LLC waived its right to be indicted and pleaded guilty before the U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to a…
Nov 19 2021
To our country’s 300 million citizens, 19,495 towns and cities, and its 32.5 million businesses, clean water is central to our way of life and to…
Oct 6 2021
The U.S. EPA announced that it expects to issue by Oct. 15th a $21.7 million grant funding opportunity to support small drinking water and wastewater…
Sep 29 2021
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and state of Nebraska finalized a settlement with Big Ox Energy - Siouxland LLC and NLC Energy Venture 30 LLC…
Sep 9 2021
On August 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted to approve the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which still…
Aug 2 2021
One Water is the emphasis that all water has value, encouraging those in the water industry to work together to solve water challenges, whether these…
Jul 19 2021
A federal judge ruled Maui County, Hawaii, must get permits to operate injection wells which are polluting the ocean. According to The Honolulu Star…
Jul 2 2021
The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan infrastructure legislation that would invest in water reuse and related federal programs and…
Jun 21 2021
Clean Water Act (CWA) violations at North Dakota oil production facilities have been resolved.  Phoenix Petroleum, LLC., has agreed to pay a penalty…
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