On Wednesday, the New York Times published “Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells” as part of its “Toxic Waters” series. The multiple-part series examines the Clean Water Act, water pollution across the country and how waste from different industries, including agriculture, may affect drinking water.
The reporter’s overall premise is that the Clean Water Act of 1972 is not doing enough to protect our water supply. The article claims that the inconsistent nature of state regulations and lax oversight in general has led to systemic problems with groundwater contamination. This installment highlights these assertions in relation to animal agriculture. The article cites compromised well examples from Brown County, Wis., despite the fact that investigators were unable to determine the cause of drinking water issues in the area.
Information is ammunition — therefore, read the story here so you are aware of its claims. Also, check out this video that accompanies the print feature.
Then, post your own perspective in the “Comments” section of the New York Times’ Web page about the steps you take to respect and conserve natural resources.