27 Mar '13, 8pm

55 percent of U.S. rivers and streams are in poor condition, says EPA

55 percent of U.S. rivers and streams are in poor condition, says EPA

Only 21 percent in "good" condition The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sampled around 2,000 rivers and streams in 2008-2009 and, after taking a few years to analyze and compile the data, they've released a draft version of the National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008-2009 (pdf). What they found is pretty alarming: Only 21 percent of rivers and streams were deemed to be in "good" health, while 23 percent were rated "fair" and 55 percent got a "poor" grade.Of the three major climatic regions (Eastern Highlands, Plains and Lowlands, and West) discussed in this report, the West is in the best biological condition, with 42% of river and stream length in good condition. In the Eastern Highlands, 17% of river and stream length is in good condition; in the Plains and Lowlands, 16% is rated in good condition. © Jaymi Heimbuch There are various reasons for the bad sha...

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