Why Clean Rivers?

This is a guest blog post from Samantha Wright, Project Scientist at FB Environmental Associates, Inc. Samantha writes about the importance of the Clean Water Act to her work as an environmental scientist.

Rain gardens help to reduce stormwater runoff and protect clean water

Rain gardens help to reduce stormwater runoff and protect clean water |
Samantha Wright

As an environmental scientist living in coastal New Hampshire, maintaining clean water and restoring degraded water is my job. Just one leaky or improperly installed septic system and a little rain is sometimes all it takes to shutdown local swimming holes and beaches. Since the Clean Water Act, municipalities in the area have applied for and received grants under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to help address their nonpoint source pollution issues.

I have been involved with the implementation of several of these grants, particularly in Kittery, Maine where there the Spruce Creek Watershed Association is very active. Over the last two years, we have successfully installed numerous rain gardens, vegetation buffers, and other Best Management Practices, as well as educating the public on steps they can take to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

Without the Clean Water Act small, budget-stricken communities (like Kittery, ME) would not be able to fund water quality restoration projects and we would not see the improvements in New Hampshire that we continue to see today.