Water Pollution in Iowa

What is it?

Water pollution is everywhere. It is caused when excess soil, bacteria, or nutrients from fertilizer and manure gets deposited into rivers, lakes and ground water. Can you imagine drinking water with animal poop in it? You probably already are. There are two types of Water pollution, Watershed pollution and Nonpoint pollution. Watershed pollution, as explained above, happens when rainfall or melted snow washes over land and picks up pollutants from the ground. The polluted water then deposits itself into streams, lakes and ultimately drinking water. Nonpoint pollution is responsible for putting sediments into our drinking water.

This Must Stop!

Increasing Water Quality

About 15% of the nation receives drinking water from private wells, others get water from local springs, rainwater found in cisterns, or even a livestock water tank! that kind of water is not approved by experts so there is no way to tell what long term effects this water has. Be a health advocate and make sure the water you and your family are drinking is safe!

Expert Opinions

Steve Wing, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina says "Pork is cheap and cheap to produce in large factories because they don't pay for cleaning up the Des Moines water supply and they don't pay for the asthma neighbors get, they don't pay for polluting downstream water that used to be potable and they don't pay for the loss of property values." This Quote highlights how cruel and heartless people can be. They are willing to poison hundreds of people just to make a quick buck. The factory owners need to be charged for the damages they are causing, then maybe this will stop.

Works Cited

"Data Collection to Support Valuing Water Pollution Reductions in Midwestern Lake Ecosystems." - Research Funding. N.p., 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

Hopkins, Steve. "Watershed Pollution." Watershed Pollution. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Apr. 2015.

Pitt, David. "Pollution Concerns Heighten Hog Conflicts." Des Moines Register. Rick Green, 16 Feb. 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.

"Promoting Clean Water for Health." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Jan. 2012. Web. 08 Apr. 2015.

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