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ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 29, 2012) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers visited with students at Eastport Elementary school today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act by highlighting the importance of fresh, clean water for all Marylanders. The students learned about the Clean Water Act, how water can be potentially contaminated and what we as citizens can do to protect our entire freshwater supply. Additionally, as a part of Read Across Maryland Month, Dr. Summers read excerpts from "Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water?" by Robert E. Wells to the third-and fourth-grade students.
The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 as a means to curb pollution and protect America’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters. At the time, more than half of the nation’s waterways had fallen into such poor condition that recreational activities such as swimming and fishing were deemed unsafe. The Clean Water Act has been instrumental in improving the health of rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. It has prevented pollution from entering our waterways and provided safe and healthy recreation for swimming and fishing. This landmark legislation ensured that all Americans have access to clean, pollution-free drinking water. However, we all must do our part to care for this natural resource. Keeping our water clean helps to protect and restore our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay.
March marks Read Across Maryland month. An offshoot of the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America initiative, Read Across Maryland is sponsored by the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA). The program encourages students to read at least 30 minutes for 30 days beginning on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss and ending March 31st.
"The Clean Water Act has played a significant role in the restoration of waterways throughout Maryland and the nation. Even as we continue to make strides in reducing and preventing further pollution of our water, our mission is far from accomplished. It is the responsibility of every Marylander to respect our waterways and do their part to care for this natural resource. Keeping our water clean helps to protect and restore our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay."
--Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
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