Watershed and Ocean Ecosystems

By Kaitlyn Herrera

Negatives

Five ways humans have negatively affected ground/surface water and ocean ecosystems include:

-Littering

Littering can kill marine animals along with animals that are around ocean areas such as birds and seagulls

-Oil spills

Oil spills can also kill many marine animals and also make water unsafe to drink

-Over fishing

Over fishing affects the entire food chain along with humans drastically

-Toxic Waste

When we burn fossil fuels (oil, gas, or coal) we are adding toxic gas to the air and that cuts off oxygen that needs to reach oceans

-Pesticide

Runoff from plants that have been fertilized can reach the ocean and the chemicals sink into the water, endangering marine life

Positives

Five ways humans have positively affected the negatives above include:


-Waterway clean up groups

You can volunteer in some garbage patrol groups, and beach clean ups. Visit www.krcb.com to find out more about participating in one of these clean ups near you


-Artificial Reefs

They provide a stable habitat for marine animals. They also provide food and protect them from predators


-Donating money

You can donate to the marinebio conservation society to help prevent overfishing


-Visit the Department of Energy's buying green power for alternative ways to use power


-Using non-toxic cleaning products and visiting the consumer reports greener choice website can help with solving pesticide issues