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Laws, Regulations, Treaties

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Key federal statutes governing water resources in the United States

The Clean Water Act (CWA); 33 U.S.C. s/s 121 et seq. (1977)

The Clean Water Act is a 1977 amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, which set the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants to waters of the United States.

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); 43 U.S.C. s/s 300f et seq. (1974)

Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972

Amended through the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) of 1990 and P.L. 104-150, The Coastal Zone Protection Act of 1996

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Summary of Section 6217, The Coastal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program

Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found.

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Rivers & Harbors Appropriation Act of 1899

Section 10 establishes a program to regulate activities affecting navigation in United States waters, including wetlands.

Text of Section 10 (33 U.S.C. 403)

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National Environmental Policy Act

NEPA is the basic national charter for protection of the environment. It establishes policy, sets goals, and provides means for carrying out the policy.

National Environmental Policy Act summary and full text 

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Water Resources Permitting

Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention 16 USC 1001  Exit EPA Disclaimer

Refuse Act of 1899, navigable waters 33 USC 407  Exit EPA Disclaimer

Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act (Ocean Dumping) Exit EPA Disclaimer

North American Wetlands Conservation Act  Exit EPA Disclaimer

Wild and Scenic Rivers  Exit EPA Disclaimer

Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 [broken link]Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Summaries and text of Other Major Environmental Laws

The Clean Air Act; Superfund; The Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act; The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; The Freedom of Information Act; The Occupational Safety and Health Act; The Oil Pollution Act of 1990; The Pollution Prevention Act; The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act; The Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Available from the Library of Congress is a resource providing access to current legislation, uncompiled Public Laws, the Congressional Record, committee information, and information about the legislative process

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The Federal Register,Congressional Record, Congressional Bills and other Federal Government information are available online via GPO Access, a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)

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