Sewage water from cities drains into the lakes when overflowing occurs, contributing to the pollution. Chlorine has to be used as a disinfectant in the drinking water that comes from the lakes. Phosphorus and nitrogen are the main pollutants that leach into the waters. When rivers, like the Humber River, become polluted, they eventually run out into the Great Lakes. This is why regular litter from suburban areas is also a factor of pollution in the lakes.
Colten (2005) maintain that human wrested New Orleans site from nature resulting in continual struggle with water and floods. New Orleans flooding risks originated from its location characteristics in proximity of Mississippi River. Since its foundation up to 1927, New Orleans water and flooding threats originated from Mississippi River but human activities had contained this by 1930s. Regrettably, this led to additional water problems. Accordingly, the critical changes to the New Orleans environment originating from the human development worsened the water problems in area caused by the floods.
Michigan has its fair share of environmental issues. Among the state’s biggest issue concerns water quality. Pollution is enormous within the Great Lakes, as can be seen in Lake Michigan and several rivers such as the Kalamazoo and Grand River. The contamination of water includes such things as sewage, dumping of toxic chemicals, garbage, and mercury emissions from power plants and factories. According to Brandon Howell of Mlive Michigan news, who discusses the issues of mercury, “Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that harms growing children and pollutes our environment” (2).
The lakes have been greatly affected by pollution, causing a dead zone in Lake Erie. Bacteria has been found in the lakes that can cause sickness in humans. Ballast water from incoming cargo ships have also brought in non-native organisms. Run-off from nearby agriculture, industrial and urban areas have detrimental effects on the marine life and can also cause human sickness. The fight for the Laurentian Great Lakes survival is an ongoing battle that will hopefully prove successful.
It was ready to go back to work, but the time that was wasted and the neglect of the two spots that were being worked on let the fire spread and burn the rest of the city (42). The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was a terrible disaster that affected many people. It destroyed the entire city of Chicago and touched people in a way that would change them and the city forever. The start of the fire is unknown, but it could have been prevented if the building structure had been better at that time. But it is known that the fire could have been stopped had their not been so many careless mistakes and errors.
Most of the industries are situated in the bank of the rivers and they release their wastes into the river water which is harm full for the water as well as for the people who are using the water. The chemicals get mixed with the water that is very toxic and bad for health without any doubt. In Bangladesh, there is an example of river pollution. The river Buriganga of Bangladesh is a highly polluted river and one of the main causes behind it is the industrial area near it. The chemical wastage of those industries is making the river water more and more dangerous day by day (Bhowmik, “Buriganga Pollution: Reason & Prospects”).
The Anacostia is severely polluted with “sediment, nutrients, pathogens, toxins, and trash” (“Cleaning”). And it is no coincidence that the river runs through some of Washington D.C.'s poorest communities in the south-eastern sections of the city. 2. Environmental injustice has been an ongoing battle that continues to plague many lower class, high minority communities. Environmental injustices occur when “low-income communities and communities of color bear a disproportionate burden of the nation's pollution problems” (Bullard 15).
According to the Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (2015), “when metals and organics enter stormwater and are carried to the watershed, they are toxic to fish and other forms of aquatic life. Urban stormwater runoff is not alone in causing these impacts; industrial and agricultural runoff are contributors to water quality impairment” (para. 3). It is very hard for fish to survive in polluted waters. About 20 percent of the 10,000 fish we have known or do know are extinct due to the high levels of pollutants in rivers and lakes today.
The carp moved north becoming the most abundant fish in some areas of the Mississippi river, triumphing over native fish and bringing hardship to the people who fished the river. The carps’ domination over the Mississippi is reason for concern in the Great Lakes region growing concern in the Great Lakes; the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal connect the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. Last month, a survey was taken that found Asian carp only 55 miles south of our very own Lake Michigan. Unless the Asian carp are deterred, they will infiltrate our great lakes, potentially bringing disastrous effects to the entire region. Asian carp are a serious threat to the Great Lakes for a number of reasons; the primary concern being that they would become the dominant species after they enter the system.
Now it is known that acid rain is one of the biggest contributing factors in the death and deterioration of nature. Lakes support thousands of species of marine life, that’s why it’s a shame that they are constantly being poisoned by acid rain. Scientists have studied the effects on acid rain in lakes for several decades (Lucas, 49). Scientist use their observations to determine whether lakes are acidous or not. People can tell if there is acid rain in a lake if the water is clean and crystal clear, but with hardly no life in it (Baines, 16).The acid rain can enter the lakes by way of snow, rain,