We keep reading about how vital and rare clean water is for the world. That it will become scarcer and scarcer resulting in wars for H2O. Water is so precious, yet it seems so abundant in the US that we often forget about it. It just comes from the faucet. Our water policy has evolved, thanks to some legislation in the 1970s.
- There are thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act each year and there is little enforcement by our Government (EPA). (more)
- 140 million tons of Coal Ash (byproduct from Coal mining) is produced every year and about 80 million tons ends up in landfills where it slowly leaches into ground water supplies. Regulation is up to individual states and this varies greatly. (more)
- With every big rain storm, millions of gallons of raw sewage is released into our waterways for over 30 years. Here is a sample: February 1, 2010 Greenbelt MD (outside of Washington DC) 100,000 gallons of untreated sewage released into BeaverDam Creek, February 3rd, 2010 34,000 gallons of untreated sewage released into Woodcock creek in Mobile county, Alabama, January 26, 2010 over 830,000 gallons of raw sewage from 47 sources made its way into the San Francisco Bay (add in another 170 million gallons of partially treated waste water), finally on January 26th it was reported that over 3 million gallons of raw sewage overflowed into Macon, Georgia waterways. This happens all the time, the long-term effects cannot be good. (Do a Google news search on raw sewage.)
- Underground Tritium leaks from a 30 year old Nuclear Power plant in Vermont. Tritium turned up in test wells around the plant which is right next to the Connecticut River. (more)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a 400-page report with incredible findings for the Great Lakes: More than 9 million people who live near polluted harbors and waterways–so-called “areas of concern”–including residents of Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee, may face increased risks to their health from exposure to dioxin, PCBs, pesticides, lead, mercury and other hazardous pollutants. The report stops short of being able to point to direct cause and effect. (more)
- Coal plants with scrubbers use water to reduce air pollution and here is the kicker water is released in some cases directly into rivers. Did common sense just leave? (more)