Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July and the Environment

By Lori Davison, The Groundwater Foundation
July 4th is almost here!  What is the first thing that you think of when you hear July 4th?  Some of your answers may include:  celebrating the independence of our country, day off from work, great food with family and friends, and FIREWORKS!
Fireworks are always a big hit on the 4th of July, but have you ever thought of the environmental impacts?  Debris from fireworks launched off an ocean, river, or lake coast can impact water quality or litter sensitive habitat areas if not properly cleaned up following the show.  Water quality monitoring reports following fireworks displays have documented elevated levels of water pollutants such as arsenic, copper and phosphorous.

As you celebrate this year keep these things in mind and have a safe 4th of July!

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