Southwest’s limited water resources impacted by river contamination
Just when you think the negative impact of the severe drought in our nation’s southwest region can’t get any worse, it does. The release of over three million gallons of mine waste by the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in to Colorado’s Animas River is causing major concerns in communities in the pollutant’s southerly path including Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Lake Powell, a major source of water for the area including Southern California, will receive the pollution. While the Animas and San Juan rivers have been declared disaster areas due to the toxins, the pollutants were not expected to threaten the lake or Colorado River-fed drinking water for Western states, including California. But the long-term impact of the sediment left in its wake will need monitoring for years.
This tragic natural disaster by the hands of humans only exemplifies the need for everyone to conserve our water in our daily home and work activities.
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Larry Acker Larry Acker is the CEO of ACT, Inc. D'MAND Kontrol Systems®. Involved with energy, water and energy conservation for 45 years, Larry is considered a leading authority regarding residential water and energy efficiency. Larry has been a featured speaker at major conferences throughout the world supporting ASHRAE, IAMPO, AWWA, ACEEE, PHCC and SB-08. Larry has written featured articles for National Trade Magazines and was the Chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in 2001. www