The Clean Water Act turns 50: A Q&A with WWU's Jean Melious and Angela Strecker

In June 1969, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River, polluted with oil and chemicals from the city's steel mills, caught fire, and the images of city fire crews fighting a river so fouled with pollution that it could actually catch fire set in motion what would become in 1972 the Clean Water Act, federal legislation that finally focused on on improving the health of the country's rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

With the CWA turning 50 last week, Western Today chatted with WWU's Jean Melious, a professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, and Angela Strecker, associate professor of…