Clean Water Enforcement
EPA’s clean water enforcement goals are to enhance enforcement and work with permitting to focus on the biggest pollution problems, assure clean drinking water for all communities, including in Indian country, and clean up great waters that matter to communities, e.g, Chesapeake Bay.
EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Water Act protects the quality of our nation’s water bodies by curbing municipal and industrial wastewater discharges, stopping polluted runoff from urban and rural areas, and preventing habitat destruction. Overflows of raw sewage from aging municipal sewer systems and urban stormwater runoff are significant sources of pollution, contributing to the contamination of drinking water sources, beach and shellfish bed closures, and other environmental and health concerns. Stormwater runoff from municipal storm sewer systems and construction sites can dump a variety of harmful pollutants – including bacteria, organic nutrients, pesticides, hydrocarbons, sediment, oil and grease – into rivers, lakes and streams. Oil and hazardous substance spills can pose serious threats to human health and often have a long-lasting impact on the environment. As a result of water cases concluded in fiscal year 2010, EPA is ensuring that 1 billion pounds of water pollution will be reduced, eliminated or properly managed and investments in environmental improvement projects from parties worth $8 billion will be made.
The water enforcement annual results provide data and background about EPA’s enforcement actions, both nationally and where you live. Interactive maps show the facilities where water and multi-media civil and criminal actions were taken. Readers can view this information nationally, by state and locally, and get information about EPA’s actions where they live, work and play.
For more information on clean water enforcement see:
- Civil Enforcement
- Clean Water Act Enforcement
- Safe Drinking Water Act Enforcement
- Clean Water Act Action Plan
- BP Oil Spill
- Chesapeake Bay Compliance and Enforcement Strategy
- High Priority Performance Goal (HPPG)