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Senate staff, NGO use Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant legal article in efforts to improve water quality

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program (MASGLP) studied how limitations in the Clean Water Act as well as elevated costs for septic in marshy coastal areas contribute to pollution. The resulting article analyzes how the high costs of septic affect low-income areas’ water quality, considering environmental justice issues and Clean Water Act limitations, and provides a useful summary of resources for policymakers. From the article, U.S. Senate staff gained background to support S. 3274, a bill to help low-income communities get clean water by improving wastewater systems. Similarly, the Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit organization, gained information on developing policy to improve wastewater issues among economically disadvantaged communities.

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