Water Pollution

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More than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered in water and, as global population continues to grow, so does the pressure placed on water and the resources it contains. This pressure has caused many devastating issues to the ecosystems of large bodies of waters, where the evidence of human interference can be found in every square centimeter. Perhaps the most local example of these treacherous impacts can be found within the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks. Water pollution at the lake creates hazards for both the aquatic wildlife and tourists visiting the area. E. coli, a common bacteria found in the waters, has caused hundreds of deaths globally due to the illness it causes and poses a great risk to the high volumes of tourists that the area attracts each year. In addition to the human risk, the waste and runoff from storms and developing infrastructure have the potential to harm, and even kill, the organisms living in and around the area.
The Lake of the Ozarks is a manmade, freshwater ecosystem which contains both biotic and abiotic components. The diverse ecosystem is inhabited by insects, fish, algae, and amphibians, such as snakes and frogs. It is also impacted by abiotic components such as soil quality and variety, temperature, and exposure to sunlight. This fragile balance is constantly threatened by many factors, the most detrimental of which is caused by the humans living in the area. Many residents living on or near the Lake of the Ozarks utilize septic
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