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Cities struggle to maintain the dated wastewater treatment plants. Check out EarthFix’s story about how this same issue is playing out in the Pacific Northwest.


As clean water regulations become tougher and sewer systems and water treatment plants become outdated, cities are struggling to stay compliant and safe.

Science correspondent Miles O’Brien plunged into muck and journeyed underground to discover the many ways America’s sewer systems could be revamped to conserve water and save money.

Clean water and environmental justice. A part of our Clean Water: The Next Act series.

Ashley Ahearn visits one of the Northwest’s most contaminated sites on the Duwamish River to see the ongoing problems with permitted industrial pollution. Robert McClure, from InvestigateWest joins in to talk wastewater, agricultural runoff, emerging chemical contaminants and stormwater runoff. Part two of our radio documentary on the Clean Water Act.

Clean Water Act - Today’s Challenges. Part of our radio documentary special Clean Water: The Next Act.

Ashley Ahearn had a chance to talk to the first EPA Administrator, William Ruckelshaus, about the initial implementation of the Clean Water Act 40 years ago.

This is part one of our radio special on the Clean Water Act, a collaboration with PRI’s Living on Earth.

EarthFix has also covered this issue in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a variety of other water quality issues as part of the Clean Water: The Next Act series.

When the United States’ landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) was signed into law in 1972, the nation’s waterways and coastlines were in crisis. Oily debris in the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, had notoriously caught fire several times. The southernmost of North America’s Great Lakes, Lake Erie, had been pronounced dead or dying. Fish in Californian coastal waters were so laced with the pesticide DDT that it disrupted the reproductive systems of brown pelicans, threatening them with extinction.

Forty years and billions of dollars later, rivers no longer burn, Lake Erie is much healthier and pelicans are off the endangered species list. But much remains to be done, scientists said yesterday at the North American meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in Long Beach, California.

From Nature (via Scientific American) Clean Water Act at 40: Rivers No Longer Burn but Climate Threats and Runoff Now Rush I

Also, check out our recent water series, Clean Water: The Next Act.

See what stormwater runoff looks like underwater in Puget Sound. Read and see more video about diver Laura James at EarthFix.

A Clean Water Act birthday party talking about how to make stormwater pollution compelling storytelling. More at EarthFix.