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5 Big Threats to Rivers

5 Big Threats to Rivers

By Tara Lohan If we needed any more motivation to help save our ailing rivers, it should have come with the findings of a recent study, which revealed that “Nowhere is the biodiversity crisis more acute than in freshwater ecosystems.” Rivers, lakes and inland wetlands cover 1% of the Earth but provide homes for 10% of […]

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    Colorado River Tops List of Ten ‘Most Endangered’ Rivers in U.S.

    Colorado River Tops List of Ten ‘Most Endangered’ Rivers in U.S.

    Water is the lifeblood of existence and rivers are the veins that carry it, connecting organisms, minerals and species across the globe. Rivers provide habitat, help drain rainwater, replenish groundwater, instill in us a feeling of ancient connectedness to our planet and are the source of drinking water for two-thirds of U.S. residents. American Rivers, […]

    50% of U.S. Lakes and Rivers Are Too Polluted for Swimming, Fishing, Drinking

    50% of U.S. Lakes and Rivers Are Too Polluted for Swimming, Fishing, Drinking

    Fifty years ago, the U.S. passed the Clean Water Act with the goal of ensuring  “fishable, swimmable” water across the U.S. by 1983. Now, a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) finds the country has fallen far short of that goal. In fact, about half of the nation’s lakes and rivers are too polluted for swimming, fishing or drinking. 

    Pharmaceutical Drug Pollution in Rivers Poses ‘Global Threat to Human and Environmental Health,’ Study Finds

    Pharmaceutical Drug Pollution in Rivers Poses ‘Global Threat to Human and Environmental Health,’ Study Finds

    Pharmaceutical drugs have polluted the world’s rivers and pose “a global threat to environmental and human health,” according to a new study by the University of York. The most extensive global study to date found that among the most polluted rivers were those in Bolivia, Pakistan and Ethiopia, while rivers in the Amazon rainforest, Iceland […]

    Fish Feared Locally Extinct Spotted in Ohio

    Fish Feared Locally Extinct Spotted in Ohio

    What’s around five inches, olive yellow with dark blotches and apparently no longer extinct in the state of Ohio? The answer is the longhead darter, a small-to-medium size fish which was spotted in the state for the first time since 1939, as the Ohio Division of Wildlife announced on Facebook January 6.