Report: Fifty-Five Percent Of U.S. Rivers Unfit For Aquatic Life

220px-Kalamazoo_RiverWhile we have been recently discussing the environmental meltdown in China, including unimaginable river pollution, it is important to keep in mind our own environmental problems. A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency captures how bad the situation is for our surface water. Fifty-five percent of U.S. river and stream lengths were found to be in poor condition for aquatic life due to fertilizers and other runoff.

The EPA has found harmful levels of phosphorus and nitrogen as well as runoff from urban areas that have continued to degrade our 1.2 million miles of streams and rivers. With candidates like Romney calling for reduced environmental controls, such studies show the cost of such short-sighted policies. Only 21 percent of our river and stream resources were found to be in good condition — a six percent drop from 2004.

In addition to this degradation, we continue to loose underground drinking water at an alarming rate. The EPA report puts the lie to arguments that our regulations are trying to achieve some utopian environmental world. We are losing ground or, in this case, water due to our lack of commitment to cleaning the environment for this and future generations.

Source: NBC

43 thoughts on “Report: Fifty-Five Percent Of U.S. Rivers Unfit For Aquatic Life

  1. All,

    Yeah, I discovered them at the library, with an album name like “The Whole Fam Damnily” how could resist? That was before I saw the titles, “Your Cousins on Cops,” “D.T.s or the Devil,” “Wal-mart Killed the Country Store.” Then you open it up, and the Big Damn band is him, a washboard player, and drummer.

    We caught them a few months ago, man was that a great show. Both he and Breezy (the washboard player and his wife) are just amazing players, that guy does things with a cigar box guitar that made you think there was another player on stage.

    Also, if you catch the lyrics his stuff has a real Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie vibe politically.

    Lotta,

    That’s a good tune and just kills live, but on the album (It’s on the latest one, “The Wages”) version the clapping is a bit… lacking.

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