To conclude, the continuing efforts to protect the environment by enforcing existing laws and enacting new ones are key tools in the task of stopping environmentally destructive behavior. More specifically, the Clean Water Act serves as a wonderful metric to deter environmental crime as well as simultaneously maintain water’s chemical, physical, and biological integrity. Protection of the environment should be one of the most important aspects within the federal government due to the potentially hazardous and serious risk presented in the overstepping of environmental law. The case of James Slade was a true learning lesson and an example of the how federal law has shifted its focus to preserve some of this nations most valuable environmental resources.
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