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EPA Survey Finds More Than Half of the Nation’s River and Stream Miles in Poor Condition

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Release Date: 03/26/2013
Contact Information: Stacy Kika (News Media Only), Kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

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High Falls, on the Kipiwa River

High Falls, on the Kipiwa River

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of the first comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that more than half – 55 percent – are in poor condition for aquatic life.

“The health of our Nation’s rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters depends on the vast network of streams where they begin, and this new science shows that America’s streams and rivers are under significant pressure,” said Office of Water Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner. “We must continue to invest in protecting and restoring our nation’s streams and rivers as they are vital sources of our drinking water, provide many recreational opportunities, and play a critical role in the economy.” Continue reading