Comments on: Science Wednesday: Protecting Water Quality in Metropolitan Areas http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/ The EPA Blog Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:19:52 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Jon http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11469 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:43:57 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11469 I’m by means no fan of communism, but I think environmentalism is something that requires more of a socialist approach with much government intervention.

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By: Jon http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11468 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:42:53 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11468 Good luck in your work.

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By: james http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11467 Wed, 17 Mar 2010 12:35:49 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11467 Sounds like an interesting study, did you hear about the study which was similar.

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By: S http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11466 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 22:39:04 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11466 “So why are America’s urban rivers still not swimmable …?”

Because a couple of the underlying assumptions are faulty.

An urban “stream” often doesn’t have enough water in it to immerse a human head during dry weather, and would kill a swimmer by drowning or bashing his or her head against the walls during wet weather.

Yet most “impaired waters” lists insist that urban drainage channels aren’t “swimmable” because of the presence of fecal coliform bacteria in stormwater.

News Flash from EPA, 1989: Fecal coliform is NOT a pathogen. It is not even a valid indicator of pathogens.

Yet, everybody keeps calling the streams that carry any type of this group of naturally-occurring bacteria “impaired” for “pathogens.” And they bemoan its presence in waters under conditions where no swimming occurs.

Why?

Its cheap, its easy, and there’s lots of historic data that we can “use” to determine “trends.”

“Where attainable” got lost somewhere along the way, as did “existing use”

Until the underlying false assumptions are corrected, we will continue to spend money and effort trying to fix the “impairment” that defines urban “streams” to not be “swimmable.”

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By: amy http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11465 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 16:21:15 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11465 I was surprised that even temperature is considered a pollutant with stormwater. The water on parking lots is warmed by the concrete and discharged into the nearest creek, which effect the temperature there, which in turns effects the dissolved oxygen content! Wow, everything we do can effect the environment. Check out where I read this: http://www.enviro-family.com
they had all kinds of interesting stuff!

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By: Kevin Sparkman http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11464 Sun, 15 Feb 2009 19:48:40 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11464 Florida Department of Environmental Protection has recently produced two valuable web resources on watershed protection. The first is Florida’s Water: Ours to Protect at http://www.protectingourwater.org, which includes multi-media stories about a range of water protection and river basin restoration programs. The second is Florida-friendly Landscaping at http://www.floridayards.org, which is popular site with in-depth information about low-impact landscaping practices. This site includes an interactive yard, comprehensive “Florida-friendly” plant database, tutorials and more. Take a look and share with your colleagues.

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By: jessica http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11463 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 02:15:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11463 It seems there needs to be some serious water conservation legislation enacted. I’m by means no fan of communism, but I think environmentalism is something that requires more of a socialist approach with much government intervention. The playing field is not level for technologies that support environmental conservation.

Check out this information I found concerning water conservaiton at:

http://www.enviro-family.com/water.html

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By: vicky http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11462 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 18:05:41 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11462 I think the government should encourage/ or force companies, in any way they can, to limit packaging materials and to limit the manufacture of throw away items. e.g. disposable razors, toilet cleaners, etc.

I think companies should think more environmentally. They convince people they can’t live without these disposable items by telling us how unsanitary it is not to use them. They need to remind people to be more environmental ……by not making them.

Bottled water is one of the worst things ever invented. Stop production or make very sure everyone recycles bottles. We don’t need to drink water all the time….we never did in the past.

Text book production is a big scam. Every year students have to buy the newest and the latest book rather than just add an addendum to previous version. What a waste of paper. Most can’t even be resold. GEt teachers and professors to standardize their text book choices and force the industry to comply.

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By: okbrooksby http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11461 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 05:39:51 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11461 I have long thought that if the Environmental Protection Agency has enough government funding to find all these environmental problems then they should spend at least the same amount to find the solution to the problems. For every action their is a reaction and for every problem there is a solution. Call Me I am Available

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By: Linda http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/science-wednesday-protecting-water-quality-in-metropolitan-areas/#comment-11460 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 18:48:25 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=571#comment-11460 Good luck in your work. The impacts of urbanization are often much more severe than expected; your efforts may help reverse some of them.

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