Clean Air and Clean Water
As we go about our daily lives, it’s easy to take for granted the clean air and clean water around us. The blue skies and relatively clean waterways are the result of important environmental protections that were enacted decades ago. Two of the biggest involve rules to minimize pollution of our air and waters that are essential to everyone’s health. The Clean Water Act got its start in 1948 as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act but was greatly improved with amendments in 1972 when it received the revised name that we use today epa.gov/laws-regulations. The Clean Air Act came about in 1963 but also has been improved with amendments mostly in the 1970s epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-clean-air-act.
Both of these Acts set standards for how many pollutants our air and water can handle before the health of humans and wildlife, including birds, is compromised.
Clean air and water are important to each and every one of us. If you’ve traveled to other countries, you’ll notice that not all countries in the world have these same standards that keep their human residents and wildlife healthy and safe. Be sure to think about those who helped ensure that we have the right, not privilege, to clean air and water and do your part keeping the air and waters around you clean. Do it for human health and do it for the owls.
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