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Friday, October 15, 2010

       

E-Power Marketing is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Luckily for us, Oshkosh is surrounded by water; Lake Winnebago, Lake Butte de Morts, Little Lake Butte de Morts, Lake Winnecone, Lake Poygan, the Wolf River, the Fox River, the Arrowhead River just to name a few. From boating and ice fishing to kayaking and swimming, we all make the most of our surroundings. We know that we are lucky to have clean water in the area and we understand that others are not so fortunate.
Blog Action Day 2010 is asking for bloggers all over the world to speak up and start a global conversation about water. According to the Blog Action Day 2010 Website, there are almost a billion people all over the world who don't have access to safe drinking water. Too many people are taking their clean water for granted as one in eight people are suffering. Water pollution isn't an issue you can ignore. It isn't an issue for people across the globe to worry about. It's very real, and it's very close. Educate yourself about water pollution and what you can do to make a difference.
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Here in Wisconsin, water pollution can be found in many different forms. From farm animal waste and agricultural runoff to mercury poisoning and surface water pollution the challenges we face in keeping our water clean are varied. While we face some challenges here in Wisconsin, we are not alone. All over the world people are struggling with the effects of polluted water. United States citizens cannot ignore the water pollution issues facing our country.

Water Pollution Statistics:

  • Every day, 2 million tons of human wastes are disposed of in water courses. (Source UN-Water)

  • Only 20% of water pollutants that are found in our waterways come from activities that take place in the water. The majority of water pollutants, 80%, come from activities that take place on land. (Source: SciPeeps)

  • 46% of America's lakes and 40% of America's rivers are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life. (Source: Grinning Planet)

  • Two-thirds of US estuaries and bays are either moderately or severely degraded from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. (Source: Grinning Planet)

  • The Mississippi River—which drains nearly 40% of the continental United States, including its central farm lands—carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year. The resulting hypoxic coastal dead zone in the Gulf each summer is about the size of Massachusetts. (Source: Grinning Planet)

  • Of the 1200 species listed as threatened or endangered, 50% depend on rivers and streams. (Source: Grinning Planet)

  • Annually, plastic litter is responsible for the deaths of more than 100,000 marine mammals like porpoises and sea otters. (Source: SciPeeps)

  • At least 123 freshwater species became extinct during the 20th century. (Source: Grinning Planet)

  • 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are discharged into US waters annually. The US EPA has warned that sewage levels in rivers could be back to the super-polluted levels of the 1970s by the year 2016. (Source: Grinning Planet)

  • Polluted groundwater can be pinpointed as the cause for more than 250 million diseases including cholera, typhoid, and dysentery. Of these 250 million cases, about 8 million result in death from polluted groundwater. (Source: SciPeeps)

  • In any given year, about 25% of beaches in the US are under advisories or are closed at least one time because of water pollution.' (Source: Grinning Planet)
While the facts are grim, there is hope. There are steps we can all take to protect the water that we rely on and love. Which of the following tasks can you commit to in order to preserve the water for future generations of animals and people?

Water Pollution Solutions -

Support Environmentally Friendly Farming - From fertilization and other chemicals to animal waste, farms can have a devastating impact on water sources. Investigate the farms in your area and support those that are working to protect their land and water. Buy organic foods that were grown without harsh pesticides and chemicals. Support your local farmers and cut down on the transportation pollution of purchasing foods from far away.
Curb Urban and Suburban Runoff - Do you know how you're affecting your local water sources with the fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals you're applying to your lawn and garden? They may be great at keeping the bugs away, but rain and wind can wash them directly into local waterways. What else are you killing when you're trying to get rid of weeds?
Protect the Wetlands - When urban sprawl overtakes natural wetlands we destroy the natural buffers that keep our water ways clean. Though there federal regulations in place to protect these environments, there is more you can do. Investigate the wetlands in your area and get involved in their protection.
Use your Feet - Automobiles of all kinds cause air pollution works its way to our waterways. The emissions that your car releases into the environment will find its way to rivers and lakes and streams. Driving less is one of the simplest ways you can cut back on water pollution.
Reduce your Sewage - If your toilet quit working correctly, wouldn't you fix it as quickly as possible? Do you know how your community's waste water treatment plant is working? Is it as effective and environmentally friendly as it could be? Learn more about how your community is treating its waste water and you may discover some opportunities for you to improve the situation. When waste water treatment systems are outdated or ineffective we all suffer.
Defend against Deforestation - Forests act as a natural shield, protecting water sources by filtering rain water and protecting against soil erosion. Support forests by working against clearcutting, choosing recycled paper and cutting down on your use of our natural resources.
Notice the Surface - When water cannot be absorbed by the surface it falls on, it creates runoff. As water runs towards permeable ground, it picks up more pollutants before reaching our waterways. Roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks even rooftops create these runoffs. There are alternatives to the traditional surfacing materials that allow water to soak through the special pavement. Learn more about the options before your next home improvement job.
What will you do to protect the water that surrounds you? Take to your blog and support Blog Action Day 2010 and make a commitment to stand against water pollution.

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