How Rivers Burning Brought on the Clean Water Act

November 22, 2019


The Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed in 1972, leading to the regulations for waterways we have today. In 1969 a river in Ohio started to burn, believed to be set off by a spark from a railcar. This was the thirteenth time a river in Ohio had caught fire due to high levels of pollutants. River fires were so common at that time, Time Magazine used a stock photo from a different river fire. While the CWA was passed with support from both parties, the recent rollbacks could be endangering wildlife and waterways.

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