Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a report on the ecological health of American rivers and streams. It’s the first survey of its kind – and the results are not good.
– 55 percent of the sampled sites are in poor condition for aquatic life
– 40 percent of rivers and streams in the United States have high levels of phosphorus
– One quarter of surveyed rivers and streams are suffering from diminished vegetation along their banks
– 13,000 miles of rivers and streams in America are so intensely polluted with mercury that the fish living in them are unsafe for human consumption