24 May '13, 1pm

There Be Monsters Here: So Why the Delay on Clean Water Protections? #eco #rt #green @EcoJive

Some kids are afraid of sharks. In the ponds where I like to swim, it’s snapping turtles (although I’ve never heard of one hurting a swimmer). Or they might even fear some sort of imaginary water monster, scaly and horrible, lurking in rivers and streams. As thousands of families head to the waterfront this weekend, parents are preparing to conquer these fears and coax their kids into the water. But in some communities, the danger in the water is all too real. In Georgia’s Lake Blackshear, they’re afraid of E. coli . In Talco, Texas, it’s oil. Yes, there be monsters here, but not the kind with tentacles and sharp teeth. These monsters are carcinogenic chemicals, crude oil and dangerous bacteria, spilled or dumped-- often illegally, and yet without penalty--by industrial polluters, into small streams and wetlands, from where they can wash into bigger lakes, rivers, oceans, ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/there_be_monste...

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