To hear some tell, we have the ‘cleanest air and water’; but the EPA just essentially weakened Clean Water Act protections for wetlands and streams by redefining which bodies of water qualify for federal protection. Vox has a great explainer of the admin’s reasoning here, but this little graph is the bodies of water potentially affected:
But this is not the only news in water news in the US, because there’s also a ‘forever’ gift in the water, and no, it’s not diamonds; it’s much, much worse:
These ‘forever chemicals’ – pfas – the stuff of Scotchguard, Teflon, and firefighting foam, are not ‘news’ to California residents:
And military bases and the areas surrounding them are particularly affected:
These ‘forever’ chemicals that will outlast us are also inside us, in increasing numbers. Or rather, we’re becoming increasingly more aware of our consumption (unwittingly or not) of them.
It truly is no wonder Mother Nature’s trying to kill us…we struck the first blows.