EPA Administrator Christie Whitman helped commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and the Year of Clean Water at the National Youth Watershed Summit this week.
This week's summit, hosted by America's Clean Water Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution, welcomed over 250 students and teachers from across the country to Washington, D. C., who are participating in week-long activities at the Smithsonian's Environmental Research Center and around the Washington, D.C., area.
The summit is designed to engage the next generation of water protection leaders. The students are being challenged to develop their knowledge of watersheds and cooperative problem solving. This event is also partially funded by grants from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Clean Water Act was enacted on Oct. 18, 1972. This year, Whitman has designated the anniversary date, Oct. 18, as National Water Monitoring Day and is encouraging people to take part in monitoring their local waterways.