Water-related illnesses are the leading cause of human sickness and death1.
There is no new water. Yes, you read that correctly. The fresh water that we all drink, wash with and swim in is the exact same water that the dinosaurs drank. While it’s shocking to think about, it’s true. And each year an additional 85 million people join the earth and begin asking for their share of this finite resource, which makes preserving our fresh water supply an even greater issue.
Polluted and contaminated water not only affects those of us that use it as a drinking source, but it also affects the fish that live in the water. Half of the world’s 500 major rivers are seriously depleted or polluted.
So where is all this pollution coming from? It comes from a myriad of places like: Sewage drainage, industrial and chemical runoff, agricultural pesticide runoff, and sadly people using our rivers and lakes as their own trash can. All of this has resulted in 20 percent of the freshwater species of fish being pushed to the edge of extinction. If we can’t clean up our act soon it will be too late to reverse the effects on our waterways. [ 1, 3 ]
Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking”, is a relatively new method used to extract natural gas embedded within shale rock below the earth’s surface. From the surface it might look like a great new way to harvest natural gas, but upon closer look it may be doing more harm than good. To extract the natural gas, toxic chemicals - many of which are neurotoxins and carcinogens -
are mixed with fresh water and sand and then are injected deep underground using drilling equipment. On average each well uses 4.5 million gallons of water, and in the process all of it becomes contaminated with toxins. If all that wasn’t enough, water sources near fracking sites often become so polluted that residents can light their water on fire due to the high methane levels.
The crisis of our diminishing water resources is just as severe (if less obviously immediate) as any wartime crisis we have ever faced. Our survival is just as much at stake as it was at the time of Pearl Harbor, or the Argonne, or Gettysburg, or Saratoga
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
Children of a culture born in a water-rich environment, we have never really learned how important water is to us. We understand it, but we do not respect it.
Water is the backbone to life, without a clean source life becomes infinitely harder. The CharitySub community has a chance to conserve our waterways through policy and education, and we need your help to make it happen!
Since 1974 the Clean Water Fund has been working to uphold the Clean Water Act by exposing and opposing any federal action or polluter-friendly court decisions that would harm the nation’s waterways.
For the last 45 years Riverkeeper has been protecting the Hudson River and its tributaries and for the last 20 years they have been protecting the drinking water supply for 9 million New Yorkers.
SoundWaters has been working to protect the Long Island Sound through environmental education. Their programs allow environmental sciences to come to life, while amplifying the state mandated science curriculum.