Are NAWQA Findings A Source For National Concern?

National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) findings are designed to focus on why and when nutrients and pesticides enter our nation’s water sources. This information helps to provide us with safer water by pointing to various scientific strategies that can be implemented to create higher quality water.

The NAWQA has introduced findings that show streams and ground water basins that have large amounts of agriculture and urban development almost always will contain mixtures of nutrients as well as pesticides. Purity Bay El Paso offers the same findings that will strengthen the concern about excessive levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that contributes to excessive plant growth in our streams.

The average annual growth of phosphorus in more than 3/4ths if our streams across the United States in these areas were greater than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency desired for their limit of nuisance plant growth in the streams.

Nitrates generally cause no immediate health risk to the residents whose drinking water comes from the streams or aquifers buried deep below the ground surface. The fear for health risks increases for those who have water sources coming from aquifers located in sand, gravel or weather carbonated rock. The largest amounts of nitrates found in the water are from sources that are less than 100 feet from the grounds surface.

These findings have brought light onto the concern for human health risks, particularly for those rural agricultural areas where the shallow ground water is used for human supply. The findings that high levels of nitrates are being found in the shallow ground waters also leads to the concern that more contamination may occur in the older ground waters that are a primary source of water supply for the public.

In every water and fish sample taken from streams and more than one half of the shallow wells in the urban agricultural areas that was provided at least one pesticide were found.  In most instances pesticides seldom occur alone, so further testing shown that almost every sample taken from streams and one half taken from wells contained two or more pesticides.

The concentration levels from individual pesticides from the samples taken from wells and streams were almost always lower than the guidelines and standards established by the — USEPA for drinking water. There have been standards established for 46 of the 83 pesticides that are commonly found in our drinking water. There has been a concern about the effects of 28 of the pesticides on aquatic life and how to protect them. Purity bay offers more information regarding the protection of our aquatic life.

The potential for health risks for humans as well as aquatic life are being addresses and more guidelines and procedures are being implemented on how to handle these pesticides. There are still many pesticides and breakdowns that have no guidelines and the effects on out nervous systems, immune systems, and the effects on chemically sensitive individuals has not yet been investigated.

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