October 17, 2012
CBF Statement on the
40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Passed in 1972, the Clean Water Act was vetoed. With bi-partisan support, the House and Senate overrode the veto on Oct. 17 and 18, 1972.
"When Congress passed the Clean Water Act they made a promise to America's citizens, a promise of clean, healthy water that all could fish and swim in. Forty years later, while we haven't achieved the goals, here on the Chesapeake we have a plan to achieve them: The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint can get us there. It won't be easy, especially with the Clean Water Act under attack in Congress and the courts. But if we continue to stay the course we can turn the promise of the act into a reality. We can demonstrate to the nation that good science and good public policy can save the Bay, leaving a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren."