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Overburdened Waters: How Weak Permitting and Enforcement Have Failed to Curb High Levels of Toxic Discharge into Wisconsin's Waterways

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Publication Date: September 2004

Author(s): Jennifer Giegerich; Jasmine Vasavada

Funder(s): Beldon Fund

Funder(s): Beldon Fund

Topic: Environment (Water, waterways, and water management)

Keywords: toxics; Clean Water Act

Type: Report

Coverage: Wisconsin

Abstract:

Thirty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, Wisconsin waterways continue to be the dumping grounds for high levels of pollution. Weak enforcement of permit limits established under the Clean Water Act contribute to this pollution. Overburdened Waters: How Weak Permitting and Enforcement Have Failed to Curb High Levels of Toxic Discharge into Wisconsinâ s Waterways explores some of the shortcomings of clean water enforcement in Wisconsin and suggests ways to help tackle industrial discharge of harmful pollution in the state's waterways.