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FREDERICK, MD (October 17, 2012) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers visited with fifth-grade students at Parkway Elementary School in Frederick today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. The students learned about the Clean Water Act and participated in a World Water Monitoring Challenge activity in Carroll Creek. The creek, located in Baker Park across from Parkway Elementary is a tributary of the Monocacy River which flows into the Potomac River and eventually, the Chesapeake Bay.
Using water monitoring kits, Secretary Summers and the students gathered data on four important measures of water quality: temperature, acidity (pH), clarity (turbidity) and dissolved oxygen. The students will upload their information to the World Water Monitoring database to compare their findings with students around the globe.
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.
World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.
The 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act will officially be celebrated on October 18, 2012.
"The Clean Water Act has played a significant role in the restoration of waterways throughout Maryland and the nation. It is important for us to teach our children the value of clean water and the importance of this legislation in reducing and preventing the further pollution of our waterways. Every Marylander both young and old should 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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