Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rivers and Streams Division
Goal: Prevent nutrient runoff pollution to save America’s rivers and streams.
When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently conducted a sampling of nearly 2,000 rivers in the United States, a dismal picture of nation’s waterways emerged. Over 55% of the sampled rivers and streams were reported to pose environmental and health risks to native species and nearby humans. Protect our fresh water resources from nutrient pollution so that future generations can utilize all that they have to offer without fear of harm.
A recent EPA sampling showed that only 23% of sampled rivers and streams were in “fair” shape and only 21% were in “good” biological health. The most common problem in these fresh water sources is nutrient pollution. Fertilizers and detergents wash into rivers from cities, farms, and sewer systems. These nutrient runoffs cause algae blooms and low oxygen levels.
Another cause of pollution is erosion and flooding from land development. This erosion adds stress to the stream beds and weakens the quality of the land. “This new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator of the EPA’s water office. “We must continue to invest in protecting and restoring our nation’s streams and rivers, as they are vital sources of our drinking water, provide many recreational opportunities and play a critical role in the economy.”
Sign the below petition to urge the EPA to quickly move conservation efforts forward to save our nation’s rivers and streams. Although many actions are already underway, we must expedite fresh water conservation projects before the water quality declines even more.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
According to your recent study of our nation’s rivers and streams, pollution levels are on the rise. Nutrient pollution from runoff nutrients is posing the biggest threat and we need your help to stop chemicals from cities and farms from flowing into these natural resources. We must hold land developers accountable for their projects and prevent erosion and flooding as much as possible. We must also hold coal-burning power plants accountable for their hazardous burning practices so that mercury-infected fish don’t threaten human health.
I am urging you to take action to push fresh water resource conservation efforts forward as quickly as possible. Since the quality of our rivers and streams are decreasing every year, we must preserve them for future use before it’s too late.
[Your Name Here]
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