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The impact of factories and plants on our water:

Due to contaminated water, the number of beach closures increases every year. Many agencies do not know the source of the contamination. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a standard for bacteria. However, only 38 states have adopted it. "In some places, even when health levels exceed safe levels, beaches are allowed to remain open." (CNN). If water is contaminated, the public has a right to know about it. Agencies should also be striving to do something about the polluted water. Many of these problems are most likely due to sewage spills and urban runoff.

New industries around the Nile River delta are causing pollutants to enter into the water. The rich soil has been used for centuries for farming, but now it is in danger because of our waste and carelessness. Toxins in the water are also the causes of diseases in animals and humans.

In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oiled 1300 miles of the Alaskan shoreline. The tanker's ruptured hull spilled tons of oil into the ocean poisoning birdss and marine animals. More than 10 years later, effects of this spill can still be seen throughout the land.

-(National Geographic: “In the Wake of the Spill”)
-(National Geographic: “The Imperiled Nile Delta”)