Water pollution has been one of the biggest ecological issues in the United States for many years. Although there are many efforts that are working to improve this ongoing problem, the situation still is the biggest ecological issue facing America. Indiana, one of the most polluted states, houses many heavily polluted rivers, including the Wabash River, White River, Eel River, Eagle Creek, and Patoka. The White River, the most polluted among Indiana’s rivers, runs through the center of Indianapolis. White River pollution is the greatest ecological problem in Indiana because of its detrimental effects on wildlife, drinking water, and the environment.
To those residing on the eastern coast near Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the problem of the Chesapeake Bay is obvious. The bay lacks water clarity, has difficulties sustaining aquatic life, and faces population threatening issues like dead zones and algae blooms. There are a myriad of ways in which the bay is polluted, however the most direct link to the bay’s poor water clarity is the overflowing amounts of nutrient and sediment pollution. Bay clarity is crucial, not only for a pretty appearance, but also for the health of the bay grasses and fish living in the bay.
Wastewater contributes about the third most nitrogen and phosphorus that pollutes the Chesapeake Bay. Wastewater comes from sewage treatment plants, which are point sources. Several factories and power plants also release pollutants into the water. They also release chemicals into the air, where they can fall down onto the bay and affect the organisms. Non-point source pollution harms many organisms from the substances the runoff picks up.
The effect of agricultural runoff in the Chesapeake Bay watershed It is almost impossible to turn on the news without hearing about the turmoil of pollution, and how it is negatively affecting life worldwide. But have you stopped to think about how pollution is directly affecting your daily lives? Water is the heartbeat of all life, and without it nothing could thrive. Odds are, if you live within the northern mid-atlantic you get some or all of your water from the Chesapeake Bay, or one of its watersheds. Years of agricultural runoff from large industrial farms has lead to contamination of the Bay, endangering not only the lives of the wildlife, but also our own.
‘Agricultural pollution’ is an umbrella term used to describe the sources of wastes, emissions, and discharges arising from farming activities, and includes, but is not limited to: livestock and livestock manure, poultry litter, chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides, sediment, agro-chemicals, organic containments, heavy metals, and general farm procedures. This form of pollution greatly affects bodies of water across the globe. According to 2015 estimates from the Bay Program, “agriculture contributes 42 percent of the nitrogen, 55 percent of the phosphorus and 60 percent of the sediment entering the Bay,” making it the largest source of sediment and nutrient pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Nitrogen and phosphorus are the two most common
HUMAN HEALTH EFFECTS Many toxic chemicals were found at Love Canal although some are considered more dangerous than others. Some only caused minor health effects such as benzoic acid causing skin irritation. While some were more serious, causing spontaneous abortions and liver dysfunctions such as dioxin.11 Other chemicals included are benzaldehyde which is a skin irritant and benzene which is also a skin irritant with chronic effects like leukemia and anemia.11 A chart is shown below of compounds found at Love Canal and the acute and chronic effects.
About 71 percent of our planet Earth is covered by water, and the majority comes from the oceans (about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water). It remains as the most expansive, diverse, and mysterious places on planet Earth. But it is being threatened by the pollution by people and nature itself. By polluting the habitat of marine organism will indirectly affect the ecosystem of the marine life. Marine life is dying and as the result the oceanic ecosystem is threatened.
Intro: Water pollution has caused so many problems to our waterways that no one really knows how to help. Water pollution caused; dead zones, oil spills, garbage floating around, and unsafe drinking water. People disagree about water pollution because, people have found ways to improve and help out the problem that water pollution has caused around the world. Others believe that that water pollution has created situations and are in the process of figuring out solutions. Marine life habitats are getting destroyed, marine life is declining everyday, how and where the garbage is getting into the oceans, and the drinking water is becoming seriously unsafe to drink.
Water contamination is one the world wide problems, which is directly affecting living organisms. There are several variety causes water pollutants like synthetic dyes used for textile dyeing, paper, plastics, leather, food, cosmetic industry, and other printing industries that causes severe ecological problems, because of their unacceptable color, biological degradation, toxicity, and carcinogenic properties, they are of great concern.. In order to solve this problem, many of researchers have developed some methods to degrading harmful dye from contaminated water like adsorption, flocculation, electrolyte decomposition, ion exchange method, biological methods, etc. These conventional methods are not suitable at large scale due to high
Our societies have caused an enormous epidemic which mankind can no longer afford to simply cast aside and ignore. Humanity’s egocentric behavior will only drive us into the ground. At the rate which we are going we will soon find ourselves at the bottom of a pit we have reluctantly dug ourselves. Unfortunately, humanity has already damned several species and continues to compromise the existence of many more. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there are about 100 million species on our planet, and we currently have an extinction rate of 0.01% per year.
The local community does not care that dumping toxic waste, sewage, and runoffs affect marine life. People everywhere dispose of their toxic materials such as household, agriculture, and oil waste in the wrong way, and eventually it leads to pollution in the ocean. Toxic products in households are very harmful to the ocean if they are disposed of in the wrong way. Household materials such as chemical-based cleaning and disinfecting products, once put down the drain, go straight to the ocean, and pollute the water. Non- degradable products that are put down drains can damage sewage treatment processes, and contaminate nearby bodies of water.