We have had a lot of rain this month. I know rain is good for grass and flowers, and it helps clean things up, but it can also be problematic by causing stormwater pollution. Understanding stormwater pollution is pretty straightforward. When it rains, it rains, and when it rains, the stormwater process is set in motion. Rainwater comes from precipitation. Rainwater flows over the ground. Rainwater that does not penetrate the ground becomes runoff. Like driveways, sidewalks and streets, impermeable surfaces prevent rainwater runoff from quickly draining into the ground. This is why rainwater pollution problems are important in more populated areas. This runoff becomes polluted as it runs along roads, parking lots, roofs, commercial spaces, lawns and farms. As the water flows, it picks up whatever is in its path. Water carries pollutants such as automotive fluids, fertilizers and pesticides, bacteria, sediment, litter, and animal waste.
Runoff causes significant waterway problems. Surface runoff flows directly into local streams, streams and streams or into storm sewers or sewers that eventually flow into waterways (rivers, streams, lakes, oceans). Typically, there is no treatment process before this water enters local canals. Thus, the waters in which we love to play, swim, boating, and remember that we also receive drinking water from these waters can be contaminated with debris that has joined the storm water. What’s remarkable about this debris is that we, including you and me, and our lifestyles are causing these problems. Indeed, we have many problems with storm water and pollution of waterways. Yet our problems diminish when you look at the important issues in many countries of the world. Here are some examples.
Polluted drinking water is a problem for around half of the world’s population. Each year, there are about 250 million cases of water-borne illnesses, resulting in about 5-10 million deaths. (Source: Top Facts about Pollution) The effects of water pollution are varied and depend on the chemicals spilled and in what locations. More than 27% of the urban population in developing countries do not have running water in their homes. (UNESCO) The lack of drinking water and sanitation in cities leads to cholera, malaria and diarrhea. (WHO)
In developing countries, 70% of industrial waste goes untreated into the waterways, polluting the usable water supply. Accidents involving tankers, offshore platforms or pipelines have sometimes caused large oil spills. Such spills are the most apparent causes of acute oil pollution of the marine environment. An estimated 200 million gallons of used motor oil are inappropriately disposed of in the United States by dumping it on the ground, throwing it in the trash (ending up in landfills), or dumping it in storm drains and sewers. drains. (EPA)
Water pollution is very harmful to humans, animals and aquatic life. The effects can be catastrophic, depending on the type of chemicals, the concentrations of pollutants and where they are polluted. The main problem caused by water pollution is that it kills the organisms that depend on these water bodies. Pollution also disrupts the natural food chain. Pollutants such as lead and cadmium are eaten by tiny animals. Later, these animals are eaten by fish and shellfish, and the food chain continues to be disrupted at all higher levels, even down to us humans.
Ecosystems (the interaction of living things in a place, dependent on each other for life) can be severely modified or destroyed by water pollution.
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Don’t forget to donate your shoes until September 18, 2021. We have a great community partner joining in support, the Rotary Club of Hinesville! Thank you and next week there will be collection boxes at the following locations: Connection Church, GeoVista Credit Union and Thomas Hill Jewelers.
We hope you plan to join us on August 21, 2021 to conduct the Great Georgia Pollinator Census from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the KLB office. Please confirm your attendance at https://bit.ly/pollencensus to make sure we have enough supplies and food.