October 3, 2009

Over the past few months there have been a number of reports criticizing the enforcement efforts to protect the nation’s waters – lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater. News reports from a variety of sources and Congressional Committees have voiced concerns about what has been termed “lax” and “inconsistent” enforcement at the federal level by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and at the state level by agencies charged with protecting water resources. A story in the October 16, 2009 edition of the New York Times entitled “E.P.A. Vows Better Effort on Water” appears to indicate that clean water enforcement will be a priority for the EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. A link to the story can be found at:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/16/business/energy-environment/16water.html?_r=1.

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