The desirability of state control over inland waters, I am sure, will be recognized by every careful thinker as an absolute necessity. Of course there are some selfish individuals who wish to use a waterway for their own convenience, urging that streams are Nature's sewers. But even these individuals run to cover when their personal comfort is jeopardized by their neighbors following out this line of argument.
For many years England permitted the pollution of streams, but a time came when such conditions were beyond endurance. It then cost millions of pounds to remedy the evil. The older states in our own country tolerated stream pollution until conditions became unbearable, and then, following in the steps of England, undertook to remedy an evil which never should have been permitted to exist. The newer states seem to be following in the footsteps of the older countries so far as these evils
BRACKEN HM. THE STATE CONTROL OF INLAND WATERS.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):668–674. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320080036001k