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The Garden Club of America recognizes that all life is dependent upon clean, uncontaminated water. We support the original objective of the 1972 Clean Water Act to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.” We recognize that a watershed-based approach is an important way to achieve this goal.
Despite outstanding progress since 1972, more than one third of the waters in the United States still do not meet minimum standards. Contamination from industry, agriculture, resource extractions, municipalities and households is growing faster than our institutional ability to set and enforce standards. The proliferation of excess nutrients and toxic substances pollutes our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Critical wetlands loss and urban and agricultural run-off have increased the pollution and sediment load in our waters. Water quantity is also a problem, exacerbated by climate change. In many parts of the country, water supply is endangered by droughts, over drafting of ground water supplies, and diversions of scarce surface water for agricultural use and for continuing commercial and residential development.
The protection of fresh water resources is necessary to ensure the availability of an adequate supply of fresh water both now and in the future. In order to protect our water resources, promote water conservation and reuse, and prevent pollution, The Garden Club of America supports the following goals:
1) Reduction of water pollution by:
  • Ensuring a vital clean water act including broad jurisdictional coverage.
  • Reducing point source pollution from industry and sewage treatment plants.
  • Reducing nonpoint source pollution from urban and agricultural run-off.
  • Reducing airborne pollutants which degrade water quality.
  • Enforcing strict water quality standards and pollution permits.
  • Improving funding for clean water programs. ?
2) Protection of ecosystems by:
  • Restoring and preserving the nation's surface water.
  • Protecting groundwater.
  • Preserving and protecting wetlands, including strict standards for any method of wetland ?alteration.
  • Providing incentives for the creation and preservation of riparian buffer areas.
  • Developing national and global policies to protect coastal waters and the world's oceans.
  • Ensuring sufficient instream flows and natural flow patterns to sustain the integrity of river ?systems.?
3) The nationwide availability of safe drinking water and public education concerning its content. 


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