Much has been written and will continue to be written about the Clean Water Act this year as we celebrate the Act’s 40th anniversary. I don’t think anyone would argue the fact that the Act has been great for our waterways or that we would be much worse off without it.
But now we’ve entered a much more difficult and complex period in the history of the Clean Water Act. Federal money continues to dry up. Costs continue to increase. And requirements have become more stringent. We also have many new challenges to deal with including climate change, altered weather patterns, and population growth, to name just a few. [ … ]