Billion-Dollar River Clean-Up

by Edward J. Cleary,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1962, Vol. 88, Issue 6, Pg. 97-106

Document Type: Journal Paper


The promise of any land are the streams that water it, but that promise cannot be fulfilled if streams are despoiled by pollution. Eight states in the Ohio Valley subscribed to this view, and in 1948 they joined in a regional crusade for clean streams. Their aspirations were presented in a document known as the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Compact, which was signed on June 30, 1948, by the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Those interested in this interstate crusade generally ask three questions, namely: Why was it undertaken; how is it being conducted; and what has been accomplished? This presentation is intended to provide answers to these questions and, in addition, to express some views on what lies ahead.

Subject Headings: Water pollution | Rivers and streams | Soil pollution | Ecological restoration | Water management | United States | Ohio | Ohio River | Illinois | Indiana | Kentucky | New York | Pennsylvania

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