Many water pollution solutions for the United States are already well known and viable to implement. They just need to be passed into law and enforced.
I believe that our nation, as the leading superpower of the world, has a responsibility to set an example of how a country should protect its environment and future assets.
The more we, as a society, pollute our environment, the more and more our soil and rivers are unable to support life.
This irresponsible behavior causes a backlash and forces us to have to reach out to other countries for many of our basic needs and foods.
It is not too late to stop our pollution and save our rivers and farmland, but to do so we have to start implementing some practices and laws that will protect our environment.
The following are just a few water pollution solutions that need to be enforced to make a difference.
We need to encourage smart agricultural practices and give our farmers incentives to use organic and biodegradable fertilizers and pesticides.
Sewage pollution is prevalent throughout the United States.
If a toilet in your house was spewing contents onto your bathroom floor, you would make sure the plumber is at your house that day!
As a society, don’t you think we should be placing the same degree of importance on upgrading out-of-date or under-capacity sewage treatment plants that are more likely to spew their contents into waterways?
As one of many water pollution solutions, reducing sewage pollution could make a big impact and it is not that difficult to remedy:
A healthy forest acts like a sponge to soak up the rains when they come, holding the water and filtering it before it enters the nearby rivers, streams, and lakes.
When ALL the trees are cut down (“clear cutting”), which is most loggers’ preferred method of operation, the forest ecosystem dies and no longer provides this valuable filtration service.
Rain water rushes directly into the streams, flowing over exposed soil, carrying sediment pollution and metal pollution into nearby waterways.
As a society, we can do the following to help stop deforestation as a water pollution solution:
Mercury is one of the most dangerous poisons that can get into our waterways. U.S. power plants account for over 40 percent of U.S. mercury emissions!
Better technology exists that can remove 90 percent of the mercury out of emissions. This technology is one of the most important water pollution solutions since mercury is so dangerous to our health.
New plants could allow only “coal gasification,” which filters out nearly all of the mercury. You can read more on the health and environmental causes and effects of mercury in water here.
Some streams are so polluted from acid mine drainage that workers who wade into streams to take water samples must wear protective boots and gloves; otherwise the polluted water could cause skin blisters and sores.
Some bodies of water are so polluted from mining that they are completely devoid of life.
Many treatment plants don’t filter out the heavy metals and this is having disastrous effects on people living nearby, causing diseases from cancer to birth defects.
There are a number of things we can do as a society to help enforce cleaner mining practices, which is one of the most important water pollution solutions:
Biologist Joseph Sheldon has described the chemical influence on our biosphere as “global toxification.”
Our better living in the short-term has had a serious pollution downside and is threatening the longitude of our lives and the health of our children. Here’s what we, as a society, can do about chemical pollution to help out:
Many alternative sources of energy exist besides coal-based that can effectively power our municipalities.
Moving much more aggressively on increasing our use of solar energy, wind power, wave/tide energy, and other clean technologies that don’t use freshwater resources is a good solution for the environment and in general.
These are just a few of the many water pollution solutions available to our society today.
But we must act now to protect our natural resources so that our kids and grandkids will have a sustainable, green country left to inhabit.
It is never too soon to start, first around the house. Then we can spread out to influence our city and county. If we all make a little difference in our local communities, we will be taking huge steps in the right direction for our society.
Last but not least, tell your local government what you think!
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