Here in Maine, clean water is central to our identity and integral to our future. Fifty years ago, the magnitude of pollution in the Androscoggin and other Maine rivers reached a tipping point, helping to galvanize passage of the Clean Water Act.

This year, NRCM is joining together with partners across Maine to launch a statewide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act that will focus on the importance of clean water, strong environmental laws, investment in clean water infrastructure, and committing to continued progress.

Please join us in celebrating this milestone year!

Nominate a Clean Water Champion 

We will recognize 50 Clean Water Champions who have been leaders in protecting Maine's clean water. Nominate yourself or someone else before July 15. 

Download Maine CWA Anniversary Badge

NRCM has created a badge for organizations to use free of charge to celebrate the Clean Water Act 50th anniversary.

Check Out Upcoming Events

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Check out our list of events below to find activities near you!  Hosting an event? Email us at nrcm@nrcm.org so we can add it to the list. 

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Senator Edmund Muskie

Maine's U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie played the critical role in writing and securing passage of this landmark legislation for the nation. In the years since, thanks to the incredible work of countless individuals, organizations, and businesses, Maine’s rivers, lakes, streams, and coastal waters have achieved remarkable progress, which deserves celebration. But we still have additional work to do to ensure clean water for future generations. 

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 a.m.: Zoom presentation by Matt Scott, "The Long Road from Pollution to Protection: 50 Years of the Clean Water Act." Hosted by Maine Lakes. Matt created the Lakes Division at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and has a long history with the challenges and successes the Clean Water Act has faced in Maine. He'll tell great stories and offer insight into the future of Maine's freshwater resources. Register today to join host Maine Lakes for this event.
  • Friday, July 15: Nominations due for Clean Water Champions 
  • Thursday, September 29: Celebration of 50 years of clean water progress on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Lewiston
  • Tuesday, October 18: Statewide activities celebrating the official 50th anniversary of passage of the Clean Water Act 

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