Fact Sheet

Animal Agriculture and the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act is the principal law for controlling pollution of rivers, lakes and wetlands in the United States. With its ambitious goal to restore and maintain “the chemical, physical and biological integrity” of the nation's waterways, the law has a mixed record overall but a poor record when it comes to regulating pollution from animal agriculture, particularly concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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