Introduction:When you think about water, the first image that comes to mind is clean, drinkable water without any contaminants. Well unless everybody changes their hash pollution, the realistic version will be a gross, undrinkable version that can cause sickness. The words clean, and water, will never be used in the same sentence, once it's all polluted, which will happen, and soon. I would like to share some ways in which we can all work together to help prevent further pollution and maybe even decrease the pollution we have now. First, I will describe some of the major problems with pollution, and then how you can get involved.
Need Step: Many of the waterways in Nebraska are polluted and contaminated with chemicals and other pollutants that can cause many issues.
A. Water pollution in Nebraska is a widespread and greatly overlooked issue that needs to be investigated and solved.
B. Contaminants found above the legal limits (Whatâ€™s in Yourâ€)
C. Nearly everyone is contaminated (â€œWater Qualityâ€)
D. Water is where life began and why life continues, but it is also the world's most threatened essential resource. (everythingconnects.org)
E. Contaminants found in Kearney (â€œContaminants in Yourâ€)
Satisfaction step: We could work together in many ways to reduce water pollution.
a. We could do environmental fundraising.
b. Spread the word about water pollution and how it can affect us and everything around us.
c. There are some 126,000 groundwater sites in the United States that have not met pollution standards and the cost of meeting those goals could range from $110 billion to $127 billion, according to a report from the National Research Council. (WaterNews)
Visualization Step: (will show on slide)
a. What will it be like if we donâ€™t stop polluting our waterways?
b. How is it going to affect us the further we continue?
Conclusion: To wrap this up, I would like to once again state that water pollution in Nebraska is in a dire state and needs to be addressed. We need to take a stand against the water pollution thatâ€™s continuing to decline. You could help fight against water pollution by spreading the word and the health effects, dispose waste properly, farmers can limit their chemical use on crops, or even do environmental fundraising. Working together, we could reduce tremendous amounts of pollution in waterways, saving us, life around us, and the future lifes behind us.
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Water Quality. (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2018, from http://www.nebraskawildlife.org/public-policy/rivers-wetlands/water-quality/