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43rd Anniversary of Clean Water Act

October 18th, 2015 | Posted by Lee
Today was the day the City of Montreal planned to dump 8 billion litres (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage to the St. Lawrence River.
Today we, and tens of thousands of concerned citizens of Montreal, Quebec and the larger River region in both Canada and the U.S., applaud Environment Canada’s halting of that plan.
Today is also the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. federal Clean Water Act – landmark legislation which has made great strides in cleaning our Nation’s waters, including those we share with Canada.
Today is a day to celebrate our shared success in protecting, preserving and restoring waters like the St. Lawrence, but it is also a day to realize the problem is not just Montreal.
It is any municipality that still has combined storm and wastewater systems subject to the very same kind of discharges during intense storm events – the Environmental Protection Agency reports 772 cities have combined systems.
It is our elected officials who choose political expediency over the hard choice of investing in freshwater infrastructure.
It is any cottage owner who has an inadequate or failing septic system.
It is all of us who value freshwater, but don’t demand it and won’t accept that the additional expenditure is worth the result – swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all.
We must all accept responsibility. We must all do better in our own backyards, towns and villages.
Starting today.Today was the day the City of Montreal planned to dump 8 billion litres (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage to the St. Lawrence River.
Today we, and tens of thousands of concerned citizens of Montreal, Quebec and the larger River region in both Canada and the U.S., applaud Environment Canada’s halting of that plan.
Today is also the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. federal Clean Water Act – landmark legislation which has made great strides in cleaning our Nation’s waters, including those we share with Canada.
Today is a day to celebrate our shared success in protecting, preserving and restoring waters like the St. Lawrence, but it is also a day to realize the problem is not just Montreal.
It is any municipality that still has combined storm and wastewater systems subject to the very same kind of discharges during intense storm events – the Environmental Protection Agency reports 772 cities have combined systems.
It is our elected officials who choose political expediency over the hard choice of investing in freshwater infrastructure.
It is any cottage owner who has an inadequate or failing septic system.
It is all of us who value freshwater, but don’t demand it and won’t accept that the additional expenditure is worth the result – swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all.
We must all accept responsibility. We must all do better in our own backyards, towns and villages.
Starting today.

Today was the day the City of Montreal planned to dump 8 billion litres (2.1 billion gallons) of untreated sewage to the St. Lawrence River.

Our Conflicted Uses for Freshwater

Our Conflicted Uses for Freshwater

Today we, and tens of thousands of concerned citizens of Montreal, Quebec and the larger River region in both Canada and the U.S., applaud Environment Canada’s halting of that plan.

Today is also the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. federal Clean Water Act – landmark legislation which has made great strides in cleaning our Nation’s waters, including those we share with Canada.

Today is a day to celebrate our shared success in protecting, preserving and restoring waters like the St. Lawrence, but it is also a day to realize the problem is not just Montreal.

It is every town where untreated sewage makes its way to our rivers and lakes – the Environmental Protection Agency reports 772 cities have combined sewage and stormwater systems.

It is our elected officials who choose political expediency over the hard choice of investing in freshwater infrastructure.

It is any cottage owner who has an inadequate or failing septic system.

It is all of us who value freshwater, but don’t demand it and won’t accept that the additional expenditure is worth the result – swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters for all. We must all accept responsibility. We must all do better in our own backyards, towns and villages.

Starting today.

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