Interactive Map Shows Water Quality

EPA releases an interactive map to show local water quality.

Water Quality

A new app could be a helpful tool for citizens to help them keep track of local efforts to clean up polluted rivers.

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The Environmental Protection Agency released a new interactive map about river and stream quality on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. The map allows users to see if waterways in their communities are polluted, with what, and what’s being done to reverse the pollution. It could be a helpful tool for citizens to help them keep track of local efforts to clean up polluted rivers.

“How’s My Waterway?” also provides detailed descriptions of each type of water pollutant, the likely sources from which the pollutants came, and potential health risks. “The practicality and convenience of (the map) may be its best asset,” notes Appalachian Voices, an environmental advocacy group based in Boone, North Carolina. “Not many of us have time to sift through databases searching for the creek behind our community or our favorite fishing spot.”

To check the health and quality of your local rivers, access How’s My Waterway?.