Water Pollution


Water pollution needs to be stopped. Pollution of lakes
rivers, streams, and oceans has been killing land and water
animals for years. Polluting water is a horrible act and
will be stopped. Water pollution kills all kinds of animals
every year. Just the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill near anchorage
Alaska caused over 3,000 otters to die 36,000 different
kinds of seabirds were killed and over 100 eagles. -Oil
spills are one of--if not the worst types of pollution.
They happen most often in the ocean and then get spread
around by tides and currents where they enter streams and
rivers and cover everything. They kill life and pollute
more in a short amount of time than pesticides and human
waste combined in about 1 year. (See graph on page 2 for
more inf.) -Radioactive Waste is a very serious problem
polluting the lakes and oceans. Submarines release some
radioactivity into the water. If a submarine ever crashed
enough radioactivity would be released to destroy a region
of about 300 sq. miles (this happens because of the nuclear
engines) -Human waste is when people dump their....
deification in the water and have sewer lines leading to
water which also pollutes a lot (little streams lead to big
lakes). Human waste is also when we dump garbage in the
ocean because we cannot find places on land to dump it.
Some more types of pollution are.. Infectious Gases, Plant
nutrients that can simulate growth of aquatic plants which
then interfere with water uses and, when decaying, deplete
the dissolved oxygen and produce nasty odors. Exotic
organic chemicals including: pesticides, various industrial
products, detergents. petroleum, inorganic materials,
nuclear power plants, industrial sites, medical and
scientific use of radioactive materials. Water pollution
was originally caused by need of space (to dump trash). I
can say that the major sources (in general) that cause
water pollution are: Municipal, Agricultural, and
Industrial. The dumping of garbage was caused by the lack
of space in landfills. Instead of recycling some people
started dumping the trash in the water, that slowed in 1956
when the Federal Water Pollution Control Act was created.
It slowed almost to a halt in 1977 when the Clean Water Act
was created. But, it still happens. Company's still dump
waste in the ocean, streams, and rivers even though it is
against the law. Eventually water pollution will cause
there to be no life in the ocean, lakes, and rivers. All
the dumping of waste into the water will cause all the
water creatures to die off and there will be no tolerable
areas for life or people to swim, or anything at all. I
don't think many people disagree with saving the oceans and
lakes, but many people still dump waste not knowing it or
just not caring. It may be because of laziness, like not
wanting to bring their oil to a place where it can be
disposed of properly. Instead they dump it in the sewer or
in a stream by their house. What they do not realize is
that the Sewer eventually leads to a treatment plant which
does a pretty good job in getting rid of pollution, but it
may take a different route and leak into the ocean or
another body of water. When you dump in a stream the
pollution will eventually coat all the plants and trees and
kill bugs, and other animals then it leaks into a lake and
spreads out making the lake or river not tolerable to
anything at all. Water pollution is horrible. Pollution
kills millions of animals insects, and fish every year. And
oil spills are happening almost every 3'rd year or every
other year (just enough time to clean one and another comes
along). The Exxon Valdez spilled over 11 million gallons of
crude oil in 1989 because of somebody's carelessness. Water
pollution is something that should have been stopped many
years ago and still should be stopped. Why do we need to
pollute the lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans? Millions of
animals are killed by water pollution not to mention the
10,000,000 people who die each year from drinking polluted
water. If we all would just spend a bit more time doing
what is right and not be so lazy, we wouldn't be killing
ourselves and animals. Please help stop polluting. 


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