Every time it is brought up in a meeting, it is darted away from. People change the topic rapidly hoping to skate past the truth and to the “bigger” problem. Although government officials are focusing on larger problems, river pollution has a negative affect on the community because it decrease the economy and the moral of human life. The pollution goes from pesticides killing the fish to over populated areas destroying the cleanliness. Pollution is everywhere, and water pollution is getting out of hand.
Rivers have always been a part of daily life. Whether they were being used for drinking water or for Saturday afternoon fishing trips. So, with something so popular, there has to be some issues. Their waters are even starting to be used for hydropower. “In North America, most usable rivers have been damned for electric production” (Kobasa 115).” The hydroelectric plants lead to less clean water available to the public. Along with that, theses plants can destroy the environment around them by reducing the oxygen in the water and damaging the habitats. We find that nearly 80% (4.8 billion) of the world's population lives in areas where either incident human water security or biodiversity threat exceeds the 75th percentile (Bunn et al). These security and biodiversity threats are very common in the United States, India, and almost all of Europe. All three of the places just listed have multiple rivers flowing through out the area and high populations. The high populations have lead to a decrease in water clarity and animal population.
Bunn suggest that at least 10,000-20,000 freshwater species are extinct or at risk due to river pollution. Fish that my ancestors used to catch and fry are now under protection. Adedeji claims that pesticides have created toxicity in the water, leading to more extinctions. He then goes on to say that:
The use of pesticides has been recognized as part of agricultural practices throughout the world. Unfortunately...