Cleaner Water for Kansas Citizens
January 1, 2004
Polluters in Kansas have been working behind the scenes to keep the water dirty there. But much to their dismay, the Sierra Club won a lawsuit that will require the Administration to take the necessary steps to clean up more than 1,400 lakes and streams in that state. In March 2003, a federal district court ruled that the federal government violated the law by leaving Kansas waters unsafe for swimming and fishing. The court noted that "[t]he purpose of the Clean Water Act is, wherever attainable, to provide water quality that is fishable/swimmable." Finding that the Administration had failed to meet this goal, the federal court order it to promptly publish water quality standards that will again make it safe to fish and swim in Kansas.
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