Enacted in 1972 to protect national waters, the Clean Water Act was hailed as one of the most ambitious environmental programs in our nation’s history.

The goal: Elimination of any polluted waters into the storm drain. Enforcement of the Act, through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, is rapidly changing the landscape not only of the development process, but how existing companies do business.

Recent changes have made compliance with the Act a considerable and expensive task for both municipalities and the private business sector. Cities and Counties are now required to ensure clean water is leaving their territory. They are required to investigate existing commercial and industrial businesses, new development and residential areas. Violation of water quality standards means fines from the State Water Quality Control Board--fines that will cost both the municipality and the private offender.

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