Clean Waters

When you hear the words “water pollution,” you think oceans, right? Our oceans are not the only water bodies that are suffering from pollution.

Let’s start off with a few facts!

Water Pollution is the contamination of water bodies (lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers, and groundwater). This form of environmental degradation occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove these harmful compounds. Water pollution is a major global problem! It requires ongoing evaluation and revision of water resource policy at all levels, from international, down to individual aquifers and wells.

-Point Source Water Pollution refers to contaminants that enter a waterway from a single, identifiable source, such as a pipe or ditch.

-Non-point Source Water Pollution refers to contamination that does not originate from a single discrete source.

There are always ways to prevent polluting our waters. Some are in our everyday use without thinking about it. As others will require more thought and planning ahead.

Boating and Marina Concerns: The occasional fishing trip on the boat or a day trip out on the lake produces all sorts of water pollution when small amounts of pollutants are released during use. If a marina or body of water sustains a high level of boating activity, the amount of accumulated pollutants has the potential to affect water quality.

To prevent further water pollution, boaters should choose non-toxic cleaning products; recycle used motor oil; use cautious fueling practices; follow routine tune-ups to prevent fuel and lubricant leaks; and empty portable toilets and sanitation devices in the appropriate manner.

There are many things we can do individually to help lower our chances of adding to the pollution that is in effect.  Please be sure to brush up on the proper precautions when handling your water craft. If you would like some more information about ways to help prevent water pollution in your daily routine, please visit http://www.howtoprevent.com/enviroment/how-to-prevent-water-pollution/