Shortcomings of the Clean Water Act and Potential for Progress in the Chesapeake Bay

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Schisler’s research centered on waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and the effectiveness of the Clean Water Act to address water pollution nationwide. While the Clean Water Act, which was enacted in 1948, provides an outline for preventing further pollution, the administrators and government agencies responsible for carrying out those procedures have not lived up to the Act’s expectations or full capabilities. Schisler laid out several concerns with the functionality of the Clean Water Act, particularly in how it pertains to nonpoint source pollution, before suggesting amendment of several sections within the Act.

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