Blog Your Blessing : Clean Water

Sunset over Inks Lake, TexasInks Lake at Sunset, August 2009
Photography by Eileen Trainor

Can we afford clean water?

Can we afford rivers and lakes
and streams and oceans
which continue
to make possible life on this planet?

Can we afford life itself?

Those questions were never asked as we
destroyed the waters of our nation,

and they deserve no answers as
we finally move to restore and renew them.

These questions answer themselves.

Senator Ed Muskie of Maine
arguing for the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972,
1972 Legislative History, pp 161, 162 and 164

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