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Clean Water Act
The Citizen’s Guide to Fighting Water Pollution in Georgia is designed to help citizens like you understand permitting, monitoring and management processes under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and help achieve the Clean Water Act’s fundamental goal of protecting our water resources. This 8-step Guide offers insight on the federal and state permitting programs, TMDLs, 303(d) Lists, 305(b) reports, CAFOs and other point sources, and watersheds. Links to the summaries and full-text documents of federal and state statutes are made available in the Guide. More...

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, more commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA), is the basic federal law for controlling water pollution in the United States.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a permit-based program designed to regulate the discharge of pollutants into U.S. waters.
Understanding the permitting process is critical for anyone wanting to use the Clean Water Act as a tool for protecting and restoring Georgia’s waters.
Establishing liability for NPDES permit violations is relatively straightforward: A violation of an NPDES permit constitutes a violation of the CWA.
Now that you have a general understanding of the Clean Water Act, it is time to learn more about your watershed and what you can do to protect it.
The quickest and easiest way to determine who is discharging in your watershed is to access the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Web site.
GreenLaw was founded to help citizens like you take the next step and do something about pollution in your watershed.
Review tools that will assist you in developing a strategy to address the problems in your watershed.
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