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Overpopulation, not endangered species, caused water crisis

One the biggest endangered species controversies of 2008 involved the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to keep enough water in the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola rivers to keep endangered species alive during an intense drought.

The purple bankclimber mussel, fat threeridge mussel, and Gulf sturgeon have all been pushed to the edge of extinction by dams and water diversions.
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Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2009
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STOP! No drugs down the drain!

Flushed drugs impacts aquatic wildlife
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The California Legislature has proclaimed Oct. 4-11 “No Drugs Down The Drain Week” to educate you about pollution caused by flushing old and unwanted medication.

Why? Because drugs in waterways have a negative impact on fish and other aquatic wildlife.

Everyday in California, unwanted or expired medicine is disposed of down the toilet and flushed medication ends up in local waterways.
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Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2008
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Your water footprint: How much water do you use?

By now you’ve heard about carbon footprints and probably tried to calculate your own. But did you know you have a water footprint, too?

The average person on earth has a “virtual water footprint” of about 328,410 gallons each year — and the U.S. has the largest on the planet, clocking in at a whopping 656,012 gallons per year.

Incredibly, one-third of the tap water used in North America is used to brew our daily cups of coffee.
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Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2008
Under: Water, Water footprint | No Comments »