Wildlife Federation Report- Pollution Paralysis II: Code Red for Watersheds
- Tennessee Gets a "D" Grade
nation's waters are in trouble. NWF evaluated compliance with a provision
of the Clean Water Act aimed at protecting watersheds from pollution pesticides,
excessive nutrients and other chemicals that come primarily from agriculture
and forests as opposed to a specific smokestack or discharge pipe.
States are required to designate waterways impaired by such pollution,
prioritize the severity of the problems and develop a plan to curtail
the pollution. Michael Murray, the report's co-author, says most states
have done little beyond compiling lists.
In fact, this report finds that three-fourths of the states are
failing to use watershed restoration plans or Total Maxium Daily Loads
(TMDLs) to address water pollution caused by runoff from farms and forests. Results are summarized for each state and nationally in NWF's
report, and each state is given a letter grade indicating how well they
are cleaning up their waterways.
Tennessee was among 19 states who received a 'D' for 'poor'. No state received an 'A' for 'good'.
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