Comments on: Water Pollution caused by Actions on Land http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/ The EPA Blog Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:05:56 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Barney http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18297 Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:41:18 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18297 Heyy I live in Myrtle Beach!!!

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By: David L. Ford http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18296 Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:51:34 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18296 I agree with you. Years from now I will not be surprised to see someone invented something like pool filters and pumps to provide a clean beach. It’s a sad reality not unless we choose to educate our younger generation about living green.

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By: Rico Puerto http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18295 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 04:48:51 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18295 If you want to go on vacation where the sun is always out all year round, where everything is as exotic as it should be, then Puerto Rico is the country spot you’re looking for. You’ll have the most satisfying trip you need here because they have everything a vacationer tourist needs. Might it be unceasing swimming and or surfing we bet you’ll have your fill and more.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18294 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:52:54 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18294 I replied to your post, and apparently the censor has removed it. But always remember: “TRUTH CRUSHED TO EARTH WILL RISE AGAIN!”

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By: Al BannetOO http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18293 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:45:00 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18293 Oops, sorry for the glitch. Only one “economy” is needed. Too much of any good thing turns it bad.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18292 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 18:41:04 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18292 All of that is very good advice, but again the question of how many people the Earth can support is avoided. So, what is it? 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 billion? At what point will the biosphere collapse under the toxic weight of enormous amounts of pollution, and the loss of natural wilderness to create the fresh air, fresh water and fertile soil we need to grow our food? We’re dealing with an instinct here, a blind impulse to grow and grow forever onward and outward to the stars. But the Earth is NOT growing. Instead, it is slowly shrinking with each volcano and earthquake. Thus, a growing economy on such a shrinking planet has no future. We need a stable population and a stable economy economy.

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By: Dr. E. Waal http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18291 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:10:24 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18291 In response to the article, Al Bannet asks, “So, how many people can the California environment support? How many people can the Earth support? Why do you and so many others avoid such questions?” Michale Bailey’s commentary was good and partially answers Al Bannet’s questions. There are no correct answers to Mr. Bannet’s questions because the answer constantly changes based on technical innovation and changes in the actions of populations.

When we over-treat lawns to kill weeds and insects we have adverse impacts. When cultural norms have people washing their cars every three or four days for appearances only, that too has adverse impacts. In my humble opinion, we need to keep innovation incentives high; for example, rewarding those who market lawn treatment chemicals that biodgrade into harmless constituents quickly. We need to vote at the cash register.

Manufacturers are not evil pollluters. Manufacturers have obligations to shareholders and to meet the demands of consumers. Sharholders and consumers shape the actions of the Companies with whom they become associated. We, as consumers, need to make personal choices in what we buy, how we use those things, and how we dispose of things when no longer needed, wanted or when spent. Over-regulation and misguided regulation are ineffective and wasteful. In reality, the marketplace rules. We’re seeing a cultural change, becoming more green. That leaves me with two questions…

As Countries continue to develop and manufacturing moves to those locations, can the green theme be effectively transported? Will China and India become much worse before getting better?

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Can we make a dirty car a status symbol? Why not? It would make my life easier.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18290 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 13:15:37 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18290 But as the population keeps on growing there are more sources of the runoff pollution every month and every year, and even if all of them were careful, the amount of waste and garbage keeps on growing. So, how many people can the California environment support? How many people can the Earth support? Why do you and so many others avoid such questions?

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18289 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 22:56:11 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18289 The pollution that threatens our oceans and beaches and our inland rivers and streams is the result of human activity. Many times, the people doing the polluting are unaware that what they are doing is causing contamination. They have no idea that washing their car and letting the water and soap suds go down the gutter is going to go into the storm drain, then into a river or creek that will drain into the ocean and can result in dead wildlife and fish all the way to and including the ocean. The California Water Quality Control Board is improving the situation but we still have some of what EPA calls IMPARED WATERS here in south Orange County. The San Diego District of the Water Quality Control Board has just finished work on tough new regulations for storm water runoff and for those who discharge non-storm water runoff into creeks, streams, and rivers. Under the new regulations, most all none-storm runoff will be prohibited with very few exceptions, like fire fighting. Source point controls are being increased in residential and commercial areas and storm water must meet certain water quality standards before it can be discharged into waterways. New and major redevelopment projects must implement storm water control best practices that will cut to the maximum extent possible the flow of contaminated storm water from construction sites into the storm drain system. So there are things that can be done. But education and outreach is important for individuals as well as corporations. People need to know that a stream or stream bank is not a place to leave cigarette butts, beer or cans, plastic bottles, and the discards from fast food meals. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: Al Bannet http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/03/water-pollution-caused-by-actions-on-land/#comment-18288 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:43:35 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=2007#comment-18288 I buy distilled water in plastic bottles. I don’t want to, but it’s the only way I can be reasonably sure my drinking water is safe; but even so I caught an intestinal virus that is “going around”. All these troubles are caused by overpopulation that produces more waste and garbage every year and our society’s failure to establish 100% recycling; so it can only get worse.

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