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Work Together for Clean Water

Water is kind of a big deal, so I talk about it a lot.  I am partial toward clean water because, you know, basic needs.  But we haven’t talked about it for a while, so let’s dive back into the topic of water conservation!
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Back in October, I began talking about how to Work from Home for Water Quality, part one.  I’ve decided to wait to reveal part two until the spring, when those tips will be most helpful.  In the meantime, let’s talk about how to work together to insure clean water, shall we?

We’ve already delved quite a bit into the problems with plastic and garbage pollution in the ocean. But the very chemistry of the ocean can be changed by human behavior, which makes it unsafe for animals and humans alike. 

Nutrients pollution refers to an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water. This can come from a variety of sources, including sewers and drains, but also from mass agriculture, like livestock and farming. The effect of this type of pollution usually causes excess algae growth – which throws the ecosystem off balance – and leads to oxygen depletion.  Believe it or not, aquatic animals need oxygen, too.  And when algae uses it all up, these animals can “suffocate” and die.  Algal blooms can also harm humans when they produce toxins such as ammonia.
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Algae bloom in Lake Erie, October 2011

Large farming operations cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency to make sure they are compliant with regulations designed to keep water clean.  You can do things at home to minimize your impact in nutrients pollution, like minimizing wasted food.  Humans can also work together to support regulation that minimizes nutrients pollution on a larger scale – like that of industrial farming. Supporting the EPA, becoming familiar with upcoming legislation, and flexing your civic muscles to vote and let legislators know monitoring the amount of nitrogen and phosphates from industrialization to protect water is an important to you. 

Have you thought about keeping water clean?  Tweet me @candidcroc or leave a comment and tell me why clean water is important to you!

Posted: 2/21/2017 1:29:01 PM by


Carlita the Croc

I'm Carlita the Croc, here to deliver my candid views on various topics, articles, news, and stories in conservation. For the latest news follow me on Twitter, for striking photos follow me on Instagram.

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