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5 Charting a Course for the Future
Pages 55-60

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From page 55...
... It was necessary to address the public health burden of the time. To avoid leaving waste in the street, the rivers provided a mechanism for the removal of waste from our cities.
From page 56...
... Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) , noted that some of the work will have to be undertaken at the national levelfor example, the establishment of national criteria for pathogens -- while other approaches will occur at the state and local levels such as land-use policies and identifying which surface waters also are drinking water sources.
From page 57...
... This is a growing problem in light of demographic shifts to cities' outlying areas, because approximately 25 percent of new housing development depends on onsite treatment, said Susan Seacrest. This is probably one of the greatest public health threats facing the United States, but people do not want to think about it.
From page 58...
... Although research is going on in this area, noted Crook, it will be many years before meaningful results emerge. The research in this area has garnered more attention recently due to threats of bioterrorism and the desire to have rapid measures to address water contamination, noted Dougherty.
From page 59...
... Groundwater, for example, must be protected at the local level because it is often a land-use issue -- a local jurisdictional issue of what you can or cannot do on the land's surface. KEEPING WATER IN THE LOCAL WATERSHED Methods to achieve water capture at the community and watershed levels for purposes such as recharging groundwater are highly desirable.
From page 60...
... Other participants agreed and suggested that we should engage in regular discussions about the real issues that face our water supply and water quality and this discussion must include the public. Seacrest followed with the suggestion that resources have to be released for education.

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