In America 40% of rivers and 46% of the lakes are polluted and unsuitable for swimming, fishing or any other activity.
In 1975, the National Academy of Sciences estimated that ocean-based sources, such as cargo ships and cruise liners dumped 14 billion pounds of garbage into the ocean.
Ref: California Coastal Commission. “Marine Debris.” State of California.
As per U.S. EPA estimates, every year in the U.S, 1.2 trillion gallons of sewage from household, industry, and restaurants is dumped into U.S. water annually.
Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, stormwater, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. waters.
The Mississippi River carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, creating a “dead zone” in the Gulf each summer about the size of New Jersey.
Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming.
Point-of- use drinking water treatment through chlorine and safe storage of water could result in 122.2 million avoided DALYs (Disability Adjusted Life Years, a measure of morbidity), at a total cost of US 11.4 billion.
An estimated 500,000 abandoned mines in the U.S. will cost $20 billion in management and remediation of pollution; many of these sites will require management in perpetuity.
Los Angeles dumps 22,000 pounds of soda bottles, grocery bags, and plastic straws into the Pacific Ocean every day.