The Clean Water Act is a Democrat’s New Year’s Resolution

Editorial: 50 years later, the Clean Water Act is under assault

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act.

And yet, not a single person is in the country (except members of Congress or the legal community) celebrating.

The Clean Water Act is being attacked by both Republicans and Democrats on their own turf, as well as from outside their respective parties.

Just a few examples:

“At an event organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, a Republican, said members of a business group want to eliminate the federal Clean Water Rule.”

“In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Secretary of State John Kerry criticized the Obama administration’s efforts to clean up polluted waterways.”

“It was in 2005 when my family visited California, I was still a kid, my brother was three years older than me and my father had just been elected to Congress. We drove to San Francisco to visit my father, a young man just beginning to make a name for himself in the House. We spent the morning at City Hall, just three years earlier, and we were in awe of his talent and his drive.

“Then we arrived at Golden Gate Park, where a long-haired hippie wearing a beret sat down by a tree on the lawn and took a nap. There we met my father, whose eyes were bloodshot and from under his beret stared at the sun like a man under a spell.

“Then my brother told him: ‘Dad, you had better stop sleeping on the lawn! People are going to be angry with you.’

“My father nodded and he said, ‘I know.’ And he fell asleep on the lawn.

“That is the power of the Clean Water Act. It’s a power that does not reside in Washington, or at the White House or in any place.

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