In our previous post, we began looking at the topic of vanadium toxicity, specifically in the context of a recent report that increased levels of the metal have been found at a landfill in South Georgia. As we noted, Georgia does not currently have a vanadium water quality standard, though neighboring North Carolina does.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is reportedly looking into a landfill in South Georgia recently found to have an increase in levels of vanadium, a potentially toxic metal. Vanadium levels have reportedly been increasing since 2012 at the landfill, though the exact cause isn’t yet known.
In our last post, we mentioned a recent report by nonprofit organization American Rivers which named the Chattahoochee River as among the most endangered rivers in the country. As we noted, pollution and excessive water use have contributed to the degradation of the river basin. Part of the problem is that there is an interstate debate over water use.
The Chattahoochee, that great river Alan Jackson crooned about, was recently listed as among the most endangered rivers in the nation. The finding was the result of an annual study by American Rivers. In its report, the nonprofit said the river basin and its native wildlife have suffered from years of mismanagement as well as excessive water use.
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.
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.
We’ve previously written about environmental regulations passed by the EPA in connection with coal ash ponds. Those regulations, as we’ve noted, require companies to routinely test these ponds for toxin levels and to decommission those which build up an excess of toxins. One of the realities with coal ash is that it is a waste product that needs to be dealt with in order to avoid contamination of ecosystems and human populations.
Water is one of the most important resources we have, and yet threats to water quality are all around us. Every year, the Georgia Water Coalition releases a report highlighting the most serious threats to water quality here in Georgia. The purpose of publishing an annual list is to highlight for the public the threats to water quality and increase pressure on state and federal lawmakers and regulators to take political action to address these problems.
In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of faulty septic systems and the potential threat they pose to public health and the environment. The extent of the problem is not miniscule. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 29,000 miles of streams have been confirmed to be threatened or impaired due to sewage infiltration. That number is almost equal to the number of stream miles affected by sewer overflows and wastewater treatment plants.