The good news is that our Clean Water Act, plus billions of dollars in municipal treatment plants and industrial wastewater processing, has rescued many of our streams and lakes from sewerhood.
The bad news is that, with the nastiest waste pipes cleaned up, we still insult our waterbodies with filled-in wetlands, runoff from lawns and farms, here a dam, there a dam, everywhere a little acid rain or toxic fallout. Ponds cloud up with strange weeds. Almost all the oysters are gone from Chesapeake Bay. Only one percent of the natural wetlands of Iowa remain. Warnings about...
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