The First Water Pollution Law Passed

First water pollution law passed on 1856 in London, England to control waste dumped into the Thames River.

      London, England

Additional Information:

  • History of the Clean Water Act | Laws & Regulations | US EPA
    The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was the first major U.S. law to address water pollution. … As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA).
  • Summary of the Clean Water Act | Laws & Regulations | US EPA
    The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.
  • Clean Water Act – Wikipedia
    The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. Its objective is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters by preventing point and nonpoint pollution sources, providing assistance to publicly owned treatment works for the improvement of wastewater treatment, and maintaining the integrity of wetlands.
  • Federal Water Pollution Control Act (1948) – Dictionary definition of …
    n consequence of the benefits resulting to the public health and welfare by the abatement of stream pollution, it is … the policy of Congress to recognize, preserve, and protect the primary responsibilities and rights of the States in controlling water pollution, to support and aid technical research…
  • Clean Water Act – effects, important, system, source, marine
    The Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act, is one of the most important and far-reaching environmental statutes ever passed by the U.S. Congress.

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