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Our rivers and waterways have come a long way since the 1960's when a Clean Water Act was established but even today, water pollution is still a major issue.
"We're trying to promote water quality awareness and try to improve the quality of water in our rivers and streams in Allen County and throughout the region."
Our rivers and waterways have come a long way since the 1960's when a Clean Water Act was established but even today, water pollution is still a major issue.

WFFT's Tara Petitt learned more about the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality that is educating students and adults all across the country.

"We're trying to promote water quality awareness and try to improve the quality of water in our rivers and streams in Allen County and throughout the region."

Matt Jarrett is the Stormwater Quality Coordinator for Allen County.  Allen County has partnered with other cities and counties to provide Pollution Prevention Education for schools, workplaces, and the community.

The partnership was formed in 2002, and since then they have education thousands of people with informational videos and PSA's, as well as brochures, activity books, and educational training at several venues.

Matt Jones is the Water Resource Education Specialist for the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality and says,

"We certainly have an issue with our water now. We're looking forty years after the establishment of the clean water act. If you were to look back at the clean water act, it was established because in the decades prior to that, post WWII and actually before that, our waterways were becoming dumping grounds for industry, for communities, for basically everyone at large to the point that they were dying."

Since the Clean Water Act, Jones says we've seen a drastic improvement to our waterways, as they have slowly become, once again viable and productive ecosystems.

"I see a focus now on the rivers, and trying to utilize the rivers for recreation and economic development."

"If we want a nice, attractive, riverfront development, we need to have a hand, each of us, in cleaning this up."

For more information on the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality, you can visit their website at acwater.org.

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