As seen in Poisoned Waters, a video explaining the history of water pollution in the United States, we can see that the Great Lakes and many other important and resourceful bodies of water have been greatly affected by pollution. This pollution is caused by many factors, such as industrial wastes, marine dumping, oil pollution, and sewage. We need these lakes, rivers, streams, and many other water features for food and water supply, transportation, and more. So, is important for us to take immediate action in order to protect out precious waters.
About three decades ago, the country was rocked by a series of environmental disasters caused by pollution. People could see pollution, smell it, and even touch it. The problem was right in front of their face. So, the public demanded for solution. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. On this day, 20 million Americans went out on the streets to petition for a better care for the environment. So, responding to this pressure, President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Bill Ruckelshaus then took charge of the EPA and began taking strong action. He banned DDT, Imposed a tight decline for reducing auto emissions, sued many cities and big steel and chemical companies for polluting the air and water, and many more, but the deregulation of industry during the Reagan years jeopardized the effects of EPA. During the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan established people who were opposed to the mission of EPA, trying to change the policy to favor American Businesses. This later lead to poor water conditions and a non effective EPA.
The government can not develop a successful and a non polluted environment without the help of the public. Yes, the government can pass tons of laws to protect the environment, but it wouldn’t be effective if individuals don’t choose to follow it. The public causes one of the biggest pollution problems, which are dead zones. Dead zones...
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