Clean Water Act (CWA) Action Plan

The Clean Water Act (CWA) Action Plan outlines how EPA will strengthen the way it addresses the water pollution challenges caused by numerous, dispersed sources, such as:

  • concentrated animal feeding operations
  • sewer overflows 
  • contaminated water that flows from industrial facilities 
  • construction sites 
  • runoff from urban streets   

The goals of the plan are to:

  • target enforcement to the most significant pollution problems 
  • improve transparency and accountability by providing the public with access to better data on the water quality in their communities, and
  • strengthen enforcement performance at the state and federal levels

The Clean Water Act (CWA) Action Plan was issued on  October 15, 2009. (Prior to February 22, 2010 it was known as the Clean Water Act Enforcement Action Plan.)

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