Proposing the “Healthy Waters for the 21st Century Act,” or H21

In the winter issue, #27, of Democracy (a Journal of Ideas) George S. Hawkins explores how “Four decades after the Clean Water Act’s passage…To ensure that our waters remain clean for another 40 years, we need to update the Clean Water Act for a new era“.

He also identifies some key features of this enhanced approach, which include;  targeting  “nonpoint-source pollution” (such as agricultural runoff), techniques for “low-impact development” and new watershed level fees or taxes.

Mr. Hawkins argues, H21 would actually have positive economic benefit(s) as a result of a new attention to infrastructure and a corresponding shift “from expensive capital projects to decentralized installation of water quality protection at thousands of individual suburban and rural parcels accentuates a key economic change“.