Environmental Disasters : The 464 Mile Long River

1288 Words Sep 29th, 2015 6 Pages
One of the world’s oldest rivers and also one of America’s most polluted, the Susquehanna River is facing an escalating environmental threat. The 464 mile long river runs through four states, eventually into the Chesapeake Bay and then the Atlantic Ocean and provides drinking water for over 6 million people. Pennsylvania contains much of the country’s most fertile farm lands and holds 21,000 of the 27,000 square miles of the river’s watershed area. The agriculture industry is the largest contributor to the pollution issue that has been steadily on the rise for the past decade. A major concern for environmental agencies is the aquatic life that is being affected by the toxins in the river. As scientists collect increasing amounts of data about the negative impact the poor river condition is having on human health, environmentalists are taking actions to address the diminishing quality of the Susquehanna River through the implementation of new laws and filtration techniques. Pennsylvania faces immense monetary hurdles and complete infrastructure renovations that will need to occur in order for river conditions to improve and become sustainable.
Numerous contributing pollutants have caused the Susquehanna River to be near a state of impairment. With Pennsylvania having some of the most fertile soil in the country, the resulting expanse of agriculture in the area is another major contributing pollution factor. Fertilizers, manure, storm water runoff, sediment, and sewage…
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