Development of Public Educational Programs on Water Quality
Segars, William I.
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Water quality has been a public concern for several decades. Public law 95-200 set the national goals of "fishable-swimmable" surface water by 1983. More recently, the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1986 and the Water Quality Act of 1987 have focused increased attention on the necessity for maintaining high water quality standards. Operating under the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, as amended, the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is a unique partnership of federal, state and local organizations. It is the educational arm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a part of the land-grant university and a part of local government. CES has county agents located in each of Georgia's 159 counties. These agents serve as the delivery point for numerous educational programs. The basic mission of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service is education. Development of educational programs on water quality for delivery to all citizens of Georgia offers a significant challenge to CES. This paper will outline the current and projected educational programs on water quality that CES has developed and designed.