30 Mar '13, 8pm

55% of US Rivers and Streams are in Poor Condition, Says EPA

55% of US Rivers and Streams are in Poor Condition, Says EPA

Written by Michael Graham Richard 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. There are various reasons for the bad shape the nation’s ri...

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