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America’s 250,000 rivers are in serious trouble. Nearly 40% of U.S. rivers are too polluted for recreation, fish or aquatic wildlife. According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, more than 50% of our wetlands, which purify and recharge groundwater, have been destroyed. 1.2 trillion gallons of industrial waste, raw sewage, and stormwater go into U.S. rivers annually. The EPA warns that sewage levels could be at super-polluted levels by 2016.

The Mississippi River (which drains nearly 40% of the U.S. including farm lands) carries 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico annually, creating a coastal deadzone the size of Massachusetts.

A wide variety of causes hurt America’s rivers, ranging from:

Wildlife Damage (click on this link)

1. Grinning Planet.com
2. American Rivers.org

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