Thursday, Oct 20th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment EPA: Most U.S. waters polluted

EPA: Most U.S. waters polluted

E-mail Print PDF

US polluted watersMore than half of U.S. rivers, streams and other waterways are in too poor of a condition for aquatic life, the Environmental Protection Agency said. The EPA said most the nation's streams, rivers and other waters were in poor health.

EPA analysis said that 27 percent of the nation's waterways have high levels of nitrogen and 40 percent have high levels of phosphorus. Those chemicals lead to algae blooms that can deprive water of oxygen.

In terms of mercury, potentially harmful to developing nervous systems, the EPA said that more than 13,000 miles of rivers contained fish species with elevated levels in the systems.

For bacteria, about 9 percent of the nation's rivers and streams were considered unsafe for swimming while vegetation, which can help filter out pollutants, was down in about 24 percent of the waters monitored by the EPA.


Most Recent Related Stories...

Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines as equivalent of Category 4 hurrricane

hurricane hits philippinesSuper Typhoon Haima hit the northeast Philippines on Wednesday, bringing gusts of nearly 200 mph --...

Exxon Chooses War in New York’s Probe of Climate Change Research

Exxon chooses war against climate change investigationExxonMobil Corp. has finally made its move to block a New York state investigation into whether...

To The Surprise Of No One, NASA Predicts 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record

  2016 may be hottest yearFollowing the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year...

Greenpeace sues Norway over Arctic oil

Greenpeace sues NorwayEnvironmental group Greenpeace said Tuesday it filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian government for giving energy...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!