Water and the Environment

Point and Nonpoint Pollution

Both point and nonpoint pollution have a major impact on America’s waterways. Point pollution is that which comes from a single major source such as a factory. This type of pollution is regulated by the EPA through the Clean Water Act. However, politicians and administrators have criticized the […]

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Water and the Environment

Coal Pollutants and Water

The United States has been mining coal for hundreds of years. Today, 45 percent of our electricity still comes from coal-fired plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The seemingly inexhaustible supply of this carbon-based fuel comes at a heavy environmental cost. […]

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Water and the Environment

Stainless Steel Pollution

The production of stainless steel, like many industrial processes, creates dangerous water pollution. Steel pollution in water can decrease water quality for human consumption, kill native plants and animals, and make water sources unusable for agriculture. There are many factors one must consider […]

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Water and the Environment

What Is Wastewater?

If you’ve come to this article wondering, “What is wastewater?” then you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll learn what wastewater is, where it comes from, where it goes, how to examine it, and how it’s treated. When you’re finished reading, you’ll […]

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Conservation

What is the Safe Drinking Water Act?

Passed by Congress in 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the bedrock of all other US federal laws regulating the quality and safety of drinking water. It authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set standards for the safety of public […]

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