Wasting Our Waterways
The single irreplaceable resource for life is water. If life is to endure, then so must its access to clean water. Massive toxic industrial and agricultural pollution of North American waterways threatens us all—from the smallest one-cell organism to the species (for now) at the top of our chemically compromised food chain.
“Business as usual” is utterly, terribly wrong, unsustainable, and—according to the statutes of the Clean Water Act—clearly illegal. The current laws safeguarding our common waterways—which are ALL common because they are all shared at one time or another by each one of us—must be restored, rigorously enforced, and strengthened.
This report, which documents the amounts of toxic pollutants brazenly dumped into our streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, bayous, bays, and coastal areas, makes plain the prior, current, ongoing, and future damage we are doing to ourselves. The direct consequences of this toxic dumping are life-threatening, even generation-threatening: cancer, developmental—read genetic—damage, and fertility.
We all need to read this well-written and well-researched report; share it with everyone we know; mourn what has been allowed to happen in the past; and—to borrow an old union phrase—organize. Let’s get to work.
An essential study and report on "Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act" can be found here