50 years ago, the Androscoggin River was a stark example of the need for change: heavily polluted, unsafe for recreation, and deadly to fish and wildlife. Today, it is a model for the progress we can make and will continue to make in restoring and protecting our waters thanks to all those who have helped implement the Clean Water Act, which turns 50 this October!

Please join us for a celebration of the Act and Maine’s success in transforming our rivers, lakes, and beaches. From Maine’s own Senator Edmund Muskie’s role in the development and passage of the Clean Water Act, to the many dedicated citizens, advocates, and professionals protecting our water today. Maine’s waters are part of our identity; they are where we go for family gatherings, recreation, and relaxation, and key to our status as a destination and continuing economic development.

The event will include remarks from leaders in water quality protection, recognition of Maine’s Clean Water Act Champions, and a celebration with food and drinks.

As part of the event, we want to recognize “50 Clean Water Champions” who have been leaders in river, lake, coastal water, and drinking water clean-up. To find them, we will ask people from all over the state to nominate champions in one of four categories: paid professionals, volunteers, posthumous recognition, and other. A selection committee will then choose 50 CWA Champions, to be announced to the public in September. 

Nominate a Clean Water Champion! Deadline: 7/15/2022

If you are interested in helping plan the event, please contact Zach Henderson, (207) 650-2576.

If you would like to be a sponsor, contact Bruce Berger, (207) 623-9511, Maine Water Utilities Association and Maine Water Environment Association.

For more information, visit https://www.nrcm.org/programs/waters/cwa50/