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NEW ORLEANS – In her keynote address at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans on Monday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson spoke on the progress made in ensuring clean water and emerging opportunities for innovation in water infrastructure.
Jackson touted the success of the Clean Water Act, saying the federal law has kept tens of billions of pounds of sewage and other pollutants out of American waterways during the past 40 years.
“Urban waterways have gone from wastelands to centers of redevelopment and activity, and we have doubled the number of American waters that meet safety standards for swimming and fishing,” Jackson said.