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Sanitary Water Board - RG 420 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Sanitary Water Board - RG 420

Historical Note: The Sanitary Water Board was created by the General Assembly in 1929 to investigate and determine the most practicable means of eliminating pollution from the state's streams and waters. It was composed of the directors of the Departments of Public Health, Agriculture, Conservation, and Purchases and Construction and a representative of manufacturing interests who was appointed by the Governor. The board reviews existing and proposed sewage systems and issues or denies operating permits. When the board finds violations of its rules and regulations concerning water pollution it can issue punitive fines (L. 1929, pp. 386-387). The board was designated the state's water pollution agency for purposes of the federal Water Pollution Control Act in 1951. It coordinated state and federal efforts and served as the recipient of federal funds in this regard (L. 1951, p. 1471).

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