2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, an historic piece of legislation that turned the tide on our polluted waterways and began to hold big polluters accountable for their actions and impacts on the health of our communities.
Even a quick glance at Washington's water quality standards for toxic pollution shows a gross inequality between the weak limits on toxic pollution and the strong value of we place on serving fish for our families.
The threat to weaken environmental regulations and oversight is increasing. Nonpoint source pollution is the largest threat to water quality in Washington. It's pervasiveness requires a state-wide regulatory scheme.