USA fresh water pollution bill $4.3 yearly

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Water pollution affects the health of the waterway, the health of the organisms living in and around the waterway, and, eventually, the health of humans. The effects of water pollution can range from aquatic deformities to contaminated fish to “dead” lakes.

Water pollution costs us in many ways. It decreases lakefront property values, the cost of treating drinking water and the revenue lost when fewer people take part in recreational activities like fishing or boating. It forces more people to by bottled water.The freshwater pollution caused by phosphorous and nitrogen run off from sewage seepage and agricultural runoff costs government agencies, drinking water facilities and individual Americans at least $4.3 billion annually. Of that, they calculated that $44 million a year is spent just protecting aquatic species from nutrient pollution.
When your municipal water plant spends more money to treat your tap water the water bill will increase. If doorhanger_side11you own a house on a lake that is becoming increasingly polluted, your property values likely may drop. If that lake is a recreation destination, your local economy could take a hit, too.

Walter Dodds, professor of biology at K-State and his K-State research team looked at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data on nitrogen and phosphorous levels in bodies of water throughout the country. Nitrogen and phosphorous are nutrients that are applied to plants as nutrients.

Dodds said that the majority of this type of pollution is from nonpoint sources like sewage flowing into a lake or stream from one pipe.Instead it comes from the nitrogen and phosphorous from runoff from row crop agriculture across the surrounding countryside.

The researchers found that freshwater pollution by phosphorous and nitrogen costs government agencies, drinking water facilities and individual Americans at least $4.3 billion annually. Of that, they calculated that $44 million a year is spent just protecting aquatic species from nutrient pollution.

“We are providing underestimates,” Dodds said. “Although our accounting of the degree of nutrient pollution in the nation is fairly accurate, the true costs of pollution are probably much greater than $4.3 billion.”
Pollution Of Freshwater Costs The USA At Least $4.3 Billion Annually – Staff Writers
New York NY (SPX) November 17, 2008

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