America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making the by Harvey Blatt

By Harvey Blatt

Whereas the data awarded the following will not be "new news," lots of attention-grabbing proof are made on hand, together with the breakdown of water utilization within the united states An striking 41.2% of all water utilization is attributed to bathroom flushing!!! additionally incorporated within the water bankruptcy is an inventory of man-made chemical compounds in our water provide, and from which industries they come.

Some very fascinating evidence are provided that are new information, a minimum of to me; do you know that unsafe waste should be legally injected into the ground???

Easy to learn, simply comprehensible, with pie charts, a assured visible reduction!

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Herbert Marshall, Water Research The existence of a floodplain around a river is nature’s way of warning us. ” But humans like to think they are above heeding warnings from nonliving things and so they move there anyway. After all, the soil in a floodplain is very fertile and great for my crops because of its high content of nutrient-rich organic matter. And the flowing water is a great way to get rid of the liquid waste from my factory. And I like to live next to a scenic river. It restores 38 Chapter 2 my soul.

1. The reservoirs behind them fill up. As the stream behind them stops it drops its load of sediment, mud and sand. 5 and 1 percent of reservoir capacity each year. Many existing reservoirs are now useless, filled with mud. Recent data suggest that 20 percent of America’s reservoirs will function for less than 50 years and only half will function for 100 years. 2. Dams may collapse. The Association of State Dam Safety Officials estimates that about 30 percent of America’s 75,000 dams are hazardous.

It therefore relies on accurate risk assessment to specify the areas likely to be flooded and the escape routes that might be used. Emergency response plans should be developed and reviewed from time to time in consultation with all concerned and should be clearly announced to the public. In an effort to encourage local communities to stop destroying wetlands and building in floodplains, to manage urbanization wisely, and to include flood prevention in their land-use planning, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) inaugurated a program called Project Impact: Building a Disaster Resistant Community.

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