President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Natural Beauty Message

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In his State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson called for an expanded conservation program as part of his vision of the Great Society, and on February 8, 1965, he delivered this Natural Beauty Message declaring that “Every major river system is now polluted.” Johnson called for the federal government to set “effective water quality standards, combined with a swift and effective enforcement procedure…” The Senate had already passed S. 4 requiring states to set water quality standards and empowering the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to impose federal standards if a state’s water quality standard was not adequate. The president’s remarks were clearly aimed at the House of Representatives which had not acted on S. 4.

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United States. Congress. House. Office of the Clerk. "President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Natural Beauty Message." President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Natural Beauty Message, February 8, 1965; “Presidential Messages 3 of 6” folder, President’s Messages to Congress, 1965-66, Box 6; Office of the Clerk; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233; National Archives.. Accessed 25 June 2017. http://acsc.lib.udel.edu/items/show/292.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Natural Beauty Message

Subject

Water Quality Act of 1965

Description

In his State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson called for an expanded conservation program as part of his vision of the Great Society, and on February 8, 1965, he delivered this Natural Beauty Message declaring that “Every major river system is now polluted.” Johnson called for the federal government to set “effective water quality standards, combined with a swift and effective enforcement procedure…” The Senate had already passed S. 4 requiring states to set water quality standards and empowering the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to impose federal standards if a state’s water quality standard was not adequate. The president’s remarks were clearly aimed at the House of Representatives which had not acted on S. 4.

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United States. Congress. House. Office of the Clerk

Source

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Natural Beauty Message, February 8, 1965; “Presidential Messages 3 of 6” folder, President’s Messages to Congress, 1965-66, Box 6; Office of the Clerk; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233; National Archives.

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Association of Centers for the Study of Congress

Date

*1965-02-08

Contributor

Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration

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English

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