27 Mar '13, 4pm

EPA: The nation's rivers are in sad shape: Mother Nature Network *eco-collapse

EPA: The nation's rivers are in sad shape: Mother Nature Network *eco-collapse

From the largest urban rivers to the tiniest undisturbed creeks, nearly 2,000 locations in rivers and streams across the country were sampled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2008 and 2009. The findings, published in the National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008–2009 , paint a dismal picture of the state of the nation’s waterways. The study found that more than 55 percent of our rivers and streams are in poor condition, posing health risks to fish, other wildlife and humans. Meanwhile, 23 percent were rated in fair shape, and only 21 percent were deemed to be in good biological health. The most common problem was high levels of nutrient pollution caused by phosphorus and nitrogen – ingredients found in fertilizers and detergents that wash into rivers and streams from farms, cities and sewers. Nutrient pollution can cause algae blooms and low oxygen levels ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/sto...

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