Think you're getting the straight facts when you turn on the news?
Mercury is a poison that you could be injesting at this very moment. Symptoms are hard to diagnose.
We should all be aware of common poisons in our food, water, and air.
Declining Water Quality
Water has even become a hot, money-making business for President Bush.
He has put the quality of our water and our health at risk for his own greed.
What's On Tap
The Natural Resources Defense Council reviews tap water quality in 19 major cities across America.
The report rated three problem areas, water quality and compliance, source water protection,
and right-to-know compliance for 2001 and 2002. For water quality only Chicago rated excellent,
five cities rated good, eight rated fair, and five rated poor. The report finds deteriorating
infrastructure and pollution as primary threats to municipal drinking water supplies
What's Polluting Our Waters
A variety of activities contribute to the pollution of our waters. Farming and agriculture are perhaps
the most significant source of water pollution due to the animal waste, chemical fertilizers,
and soil that runs off into nearby waterways. Business are also a significant source due to the
amounts of industrial and toxic waste they produce, as well as the acid precipitation resulting from
the burning of fossil fuels.
Types of Pollutants Found in Drinking Water
The EPA has found over 800 different types of pollutants in our drinking water! These pollutants include
pathogens like bacteria and viruses, inorganic pollutants like chemicals and metals, various volatile organic
chemicals, and radioactive waste. Here, a list of some of the more dangerous pollutants found at high levels
in some water supplies, and their health affects.
Protecting Our Water Quality From Agricultural Run Off
Animal farms are the leading cause of pollution in our water supplies. An average farm can generate about
500 million tons of manure every year and a lot of it will run off into nearby water supplies, contaminating
it with bacteria and metals. This manure can also be stored in huge lagoons, however, these lagoons have
been known to leak and the manure ends up seeping into the ground and contaminating our water supplies.
Ocean Ecosystems Collapsing, Study Finds
The Pew Oceans Commission has recently come out with a report on ocean ecosystems after studying it
closely for several years. They reveal that, "Marine life and vital coastal habitats are straining
under the increasing pressure of our use." The threat to our oceans is attributed to several factors
including, coastal development, farm and fertilizer runoff, over fishing, and offshore drilling.
These factors are all contributing to the destruction of our oceans