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The rivers near home I've been targeting recently have terrible reputations. Most of them have served as dumping conduits for industry for more than 100 years. With the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, things began to change, albeit slowly. Water-quality-wise, these streams have made an about-face within the last 10 years. Cinderellas they are not, and you wouldn't want to take a cooling sip from them for fear of ingesting giardia. But the rivers don't stink anymore and their water has cleared remarkably. Fish-including bass, trout, walleyes and various types of panfish-have rebounded. I'm betting there are waters like that near you.