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Nearly 40 percent of the rivers in the U.S. are too polluted for fishing and swimming. #wwweek

Agriculture uses a huge amount of water, more than 70 percent of available surface water each year. Nearly 40 percent of the rivers in the U.S. are too polluted for fishing and swimming. Nutrient runoff from agriculture has created algal blooms that deplete oxygen from the water and result in dead zones. Nearly every major river in the world has been dammed, altering natural freshwater flows, cutting off migration routes and depleting fisheries downstream. We have already lost more than half of our planet's wetlands and an estimated 30 percent of freshwater species. Sixty-nine percent of river catchments, responsible for the capture and provision of our freshwater supply, remain unprotected — putting more than two-thirds of the source areas of our rivers at risk. Declines in native species and changes in freshwater food webs have been estimated to exceed US $100 million in...

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