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.

On September 29, 2022 we held a collaborative 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 included 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, 50 Clean Water Champions who have been leaders in river, lake, coastal water, and drinking water clean-up we recognized.