Oct
11
2012

Jim Oberstar, a founding father of the Clean Water Act, comments on the act’s 40th anniversary

St. Paul — Although he spent 35 years as a Congressman representing northeastern Minnesota, former U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar says one of his proudest legislative accomplishments took place before he was elected.

In late 1971, while on the staff of his congressional predecessor John Blatnik, Oberstar played a key role on the committee that wrote the Clean Water Act. This legislation became the cornerstone of environmental protection in the United States. In Minnesota, activities instigated under the Clean Water Act have transformed the Mississippi River from a dead river choked with sewage to a national recreation area.

See former Congressman Oberstar’s story on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act at http://www.pca.state.mn.us/yhiz14ea.

More information on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, including historical photos of water pollution in Minnesota and a story on the act’s impact on Minnesota waters, is available on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website.

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This year the nation is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act. Former Congressman James Oberstar, who helped write the act while on the staff of his congressional predecessor John Blatnik, counts the act as one of his proudest legislative accomplishments.

The Clean Water Act became the cornerstone of environmental protection in the United States. In Minnesota, activities instigated under the act have transformed the Mississippi River from a dead river choked with sewage to a national recreation area.

See an interview with Congressman Oberstar on the fortieth anniversary of the Clean Water Act on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website.

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