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April 3 2013

Pollution in US rivers is widespread and will persist


If rivers are a nation's lifeblood, the US should be on the sick list. More than half of the country's streams and rivers are in a "poor condition" for aquatic life, according to a survey by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The agency sampled nearly 2000 sites in 2008 and 2009, looking at factors such as physical disturbances, mercury in fish flesh, faecal bacteria and nutrients from fertilisers.

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