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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Clean Water Day

WHEREAS, on October 18, 2022, the nation marks the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which aimed to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution in the nation's water to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters;” and, 

WHEREAS, this landmark environmental legislation that has been central to the important progress we have made as a Commonwealth in improving the quality and health of our rivers, streams, lakes wetlands and watersheds; and, 

WHEREAS, the citizens of Virginia are dependent on clean waters to protect public health; and, 

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s abundant lakes, rivers, and streams provide its citizens with numerous recreational and commercial opportunities and greatly enhance their quality of life; and, 

WHEREAS, clean water plays a vital role in the economic prosperity of Virginia by providing a sustainable commercial fishing industry; supporting industry; yielding a robust tourism industry, and sustaining our tourism and agricultural sectors; and, 

WHEREAS, in the last 50 years, the overall health of our marine waters, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands has also dramatically improved; and, 

WHEREAS, the Federal Government has cooperated with states, tribes, local communities, businesses, and concerned individuals to significantly reduce all forms of water pollution, making our waters better suited for recreation and other pursuits and more hospitable to aquatic life; and, 

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia will observe Clean Water Day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities, and will encourage its citizens to work together to appreciate and protect clean water as a vital source for our state; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 18, 2022 as CLEAN WATER DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.