Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A question of rivers

The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.
~ Tanaka Shozo

When it comes to the care of rivers, humans in the US now also have an app and a website. 

The Environmental Protection Agency has unrolled a new site where you can find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers, and streams throughout the U.S.

Just enter your zipcode (or your GPS location), and discover the health of the waterways near you. If they’re polluted, you might also discover what action is being taken to clean them.

See for yourself, using your smart phone, tablet or desktop computer:

Let me know what you find--any polluted waterways near you?

Thanks for the tip on the EPA app/website, Denise Dahn!


  1. Everything with a name has some pollution.

  2. This is a simple, but effective app. Our own Puget Sound always looks so pretty, but that's just because we can't see below the surface to all the junk in there. Even though I know perfectly well it is polluted, I was still taken aback to see it listed there in black and white! Having something like this helps people become more aware, I think.

  3. Some "unnamed stream"s near me are polluted too...

  4. Now going on line to find unpolluted waterways. Packing a lunch and clean socks as this may be a lengthy search.

  5. yea sorta depressing, pretty much all the water bodies near me, including Piper's Creek that runs through a forest gully in Carkeek Park where I walk a lot, is polluted. Puget Sound, etc. And I think of those orcas that are making more frequent trips south here in the Sound and the fish they are eating from these polluted waters. Makes me sad.

  6. Yeah, same is true for waterways around me too. I think it's important for us to know, though...

  7. it's well known in eastern iowa not to eat fish from the mississippi more than once a week due to pollution.