"Can we afford clean water? Can we afford rivers and lakes and streams and oceans which continue to make possible life on this planet? Can we afford life itself? Those questions were never asked as we destroyed the waters of our nation, and they deserve no answers as we finally move to restore and renew them. These questions answer themselves."
Senator Ed Muskie of ME
arguing for the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, CRS, 1972 Legislative History, pp 164, 161-62