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The Clean Water Act 20 Years Later 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1559632669
ISBN-10: 1559632666
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559632666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559632669
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sanjeev Arya ( on October 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
CWA literature is overwhelming, dense, and confusing. This book is a refreshing change - the progress under the Clean Water Act is presented in a very simple manner. Good for basic technical and legal understanding of the subject. EPA and state-level programs and reports are brilliantly critiqued (no wonder, the book is produced by NRDC!). The text is supported by excellent research of legislative history of the CWA.
Only Chapter 2 (out of 8 chapters) is a little dull. In Chapter 2, the figures could have been more illustrative, and the discussion of numbers could have been livelier. Overall, the most interesting and understandable book on CWA.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on November 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Clean Water Act is a landmark of environmental regulation in the United States. Though it is hardly perfect legislation, because of the CWA the Great Lakes, the Potomac River, and many other famous waters are no longer cesspools.

The authors of this book know this but prefer to give us a "Chicken Little" story in which disaster is always coming around the corner. No law, apparently, is good enough to meet the dangers of water pollution that we face.

For example, they present evidence that water pollution from industrial (point) sources has declined while the major increases in pollution come from nonpoint agricultural sources. This seems to me a straightforward argument for being satisfied with the provisions of the CWA while bemoaning the fact that it did not address agricultural sources. Instead, the authors would rather be disappointed in all of the results.

There's a lot of good information in this book, as my example suggests, but the author's attitude toward the successes of the CWA make the tone of the book frustrating. The raw materials of a balanced assessment can be found in this book but the editorialization insists that the sky is falling.
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