"In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.”
-- Rachel Carson --
The water you see around you, flowing freely, sparkling in the noonday sun, quenching your thirst, bathing you, providing you with life is all limited - there is no place on this planet where new water springs up from a source. Water has been recycled by nature over and over again since time began. Our drinking water at one time or another was way up high in the clouds, or streaming down a mountainside, or gushing out of “Old Faithful.” It cannot be created; it cannot be renewed by planting a “water tree;” no such tree exists. So what does it all mean? It means we have to wake up. Water is basic to human existence. It cannot be taken for granted anymore. Because we live in a polluted world, and because we pollute our rivers our streams our ground water with hazardous waste we are polluting the very same thing we rely on, our drinking water.
Environmental advocates contend that a recent report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency shows the nations bodies of water are “either more polluted than they were two years ago or not much cleaner.” The EPA report was published in USA Today’s newspaper this past summer. It is interesting to note that Dave Evans, Deputy Director of the EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, said, “It’s impossible to conclude from the report whether the nation’s water is getting cleaner or dirtier.” The EPA report comes out every two years. Environmentalist, however, said the data is good enough to “suggests that we’re not making any progress.” The article further states ...
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... a way that people will finally accept the fact that water is a limited resource.
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