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The 1950s One of America’s earliest watershed associations, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) first met in 1952 at the historic Weldon Hotel in Greenfield, MA. Its initial goals were to confront staggering water pollution problems throughout the watershed, to embrace the new concept of watershed-wide planning and to stave off the perceived threat from Washington, D.C. that would have turned the Connecticut River into another Tennessee Valley Authority.
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it. At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press.
Clean Water Network's major 2012 campaign on the Power of Water campaign has officially launched! The POWC is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, one of our nation’s landmark environmental laws, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Clean Water Network. Both anniversaries could not be more timely and provide the clean water community a unique opportunity to elevate clean water to the top of our nation's priority list. As we are all aware, today's headlines are not focused on the environment, but rather on the dismal U.S. and global economic situation. The Power of Water campaign is an opportune time to remind decision makers on the local, state and national levels that clean water is essential not just for public health and the environment, but for a strong economy. Polluted waterways do not build civic pride, attract the best employees or encourage investment.
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was the first major U.S. law to address water pollution. Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to sweeping amendments in 1972. As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA).