In our last post, we made brief mention of watershed management planning in the context of our discussion of the potentially harmful effects of blue-green algae. As we noted, watershed planning can be a way for those adversely impacted by toxic blue-green algae to address one possible cause of the toxic growth.
According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, a certain type of algae may be producing toxic byproducts in as much as 39 percent of the 75 streams tested in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. The research supports prior findings that 74 percent of streams assessed in the southeastern United States contained a blue-green algae which can produce the specific form of bacteria that manufactures harmful toxins.
In our last post, we spoke a bit about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the consequences of which have not entirely played out. In view of the events in Flint, there is greater awareness of the threat of water contamination and the reality that governments do not always act in the best interests of citizens when it comes to exposure to toxins.
Drinking water is something most Americans more or less take for granted most of the time. Most people have access to drinking water that is relatively free from contaminants, until some sort of crisis occurs.
In our last post, we spoke briefly about the criticism from elected officials and citizens in Wayne County directed against a coal ash waste disposal plan. As we mentioned, companies which produce coal ash waste are required to abide by state and federal rules and regulations concerning coal ash waste.