Animal Waste & Water Pollution
what it is, why it's happening, & how it effects you
What is it exactly?
All over the world there are thousands and thousands of livestock farms, mainly harboring cows, hogs, and poultry. The number of animals is so massive that a reoccurring problem is becoming more and more of a pressing issue: what's happening to all the waste produced by these animals? Unfortunately, a lot of the time this waste gets pushed or washed into rivers, ponds, lakes, and even into the very water you and I drink every single day. Animal waste is considered a non-point source pollution, which means this kind of pollution can come from a number of different places.
The waste of animals, such as these cattle, get washed into water to be carried away by the current, contamination the surrounding area and threatening the lives of other animals.
Animal waste creates algal blooms, which is the excessive growth of algae in a body of water. Algae takes up a lot of (and sometimes all of) the oxygen in water, making it impossible for aquatic life to live there.
The waste produced by farm animals on farms are often put into a relatively large area referred to as a "waste lagoon". These waste lagoons hold everything, and when they overflow, their contents often flow into nearby rivers and ponds in the form of run-off.
Where Does This Happen?
Threats to Human Health
Threats to Animal Health
So, what can we do?
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