Pollution in our waters come from a variety of sources and those sources are growing. There are approximately 55,000 chemicals in use in North America today, with about 1,000 new compounds formed each year. Add to that spills, small and large, of oil and other petroleum products along with reduced monitoring and enforcement of the laws that are suppose to protect our water – and the impacts only grow.
Our society’s reliance on chemicals, including those found in fossil fuels, is more entrenched than ever before. Toxins are everywhere: in the air we breathe, in the products we use and on the food we eat and their impacts are not completely understood. All our programs focus to some degree how all of us can help reduce pollution in our local waters.