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More than 100 million people have been born since the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972. That's not even counting young children in 1972 who could not remember the Cuyahoga River on fire, or the Potomac River too dirty for swimming, or Lake Erie dying. That is what we faced 30 years ago and why the Clean Water Act launched an all-out assault on water pollution, new controls over industrial dischargers and a major investment by the Federal government to help cities build sewage treatment plants. As we celebrate the anniversary of the Clean Water Act, we salute the thousands of people who have worked to make our waters fishable and swimmable. We rededicate ourselves to the goals of the Clean Water Act. We hope you will enjoy this website and participate in the many events being held around the country to highlight this historic occasion.