Monday, April 20, 2009
More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, two iconic waterways—the great coastal estuaries Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay—are in perilous condition. With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture, and massive suburban development, scientists fear contamination to the food chain and drinking water for millions of people. A growing list of endangered species is also threatened in both estuaries. As a new president, Congress, and states set new agendas and spending priorities, FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the rising hazards to human health and the ecosystem, and why it’s so hard to keep our waters clean.
FRONTLINE EXAMINES NEWEST HEALTH HAZARDS IN NATION’S CONTAMINATED WATERWAYS
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS
Water pollution is one of the main causes of scarcity of potable water in our world. Even three decades after the Clean Water Act, our waterways are filled with toxic chemicals, human waste, animal waste, agricultural run off, and factory farm run off. This is one of the major problems we now face as population rises in a world where much of it is in some form of drought. Not having potable freshwater left threatens our ability to sustain ourselves.
This is a very important topic and one that is too often ignored in the media. I recommend this program to get a better view of what our waterways now face. Only through reaching a higher consciousness regarding what our actions bring will we be able to respect and cherish this most precious resource.
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