Our water, air and communities are under threats of various types more and more all the time. These threats are generally a result of industries or individuals who are attempting to use our natural resources in a manner that negatively impacts the quality of the environment for personal or industry gains.
The federal Clean water Act of 1972 talks about "Public Trust Waters", and gives the citizens of the United States the right to have clean water. These are some specific projects we are working on to move toward all waters being
"drinkable, fishable and swimmable"!
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)
A concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO), as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an animal feeding operation (AFO)—a farm in which animals are raised in confinement—that has over 1000 "animal units" confined for over 45 days a year.
Over 50 billion food animals are raised and slaughtered every year (not including massive quantities of farmed fish). Grazing and growing feed for livestock now occupy 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the ice-free terrestrial surface of the planet. If present trends continue, meat production is predicted to double between the turn of the 21st century and 2050. Yet already, the Earth is being overwhelmed by food animals that consume massive quantities of energy and resources, whose wastes foul waterways and farmlands, and when eaten excessively, degrade our health.
Plastics in our Rivers
Plastics in the marine environment have become a major concern because of their persistence at sea, and adverse consequences to marine life and potentially human health. Implementing mitigation strategies requires an understanding and quantification of marine plastic sources, taking spatial and temporal variability into account. An estimated that 1.15 and 2.41 million tonnes of plastic waste currently enters the ocean every year from rivers, with over 74% of emissions occurring between May and October.
The oil and gas industries continue to prove that they lack the technology to safely drill at the bottom of the oceans; witness the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which occurred on April 20, 2010, and continued for 30 days. This clearly proves that the industry is ill-equipped to stop a leak from damaging the aquatic ecosystem.
Are we willing to risk the same fate for the Crystal Coast and the entire Atlantic Seaboard? That answer is a resounding "NO!!!".
Let's stand together to prevent this devastating protocol. Look for opportunities to join with us to help protect the Crystal Coast.
Seismic blasting is the method used to so called "explore" beneath the ocean floor looking to locate oil and gas deposits. This practice is needed before offshore drilling can take place.
So what is Seismic Blasting? It is an explosion, the loudest sound in the oceans. Think of a sound explosion in your living room. Then imagine that explosion occurring every 10 seconds, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week for months on end. Destruction to marine life of all kinds has been proven. Animals such as whale and dolphin, who navigate these waters, feeding and raising their young as they navigate. Also includes other marine life in the area, including krill and zooplankton, which are the bottom of the food-chain on which all other marine animals depend. No question the human population would feel the impacted through the fishing industry.
Crystal Coast Waterkeeper STRONGLY OPPOSES this practice due to the devastation it will create off the coast. Join with us in this fight to protect the Crystal Coast and the entire Atlantic Ocean coastline.
Water Quality and Monitoring
Freshwater is a finite resource as essential to agriculture and industry as it is to basic human existence. Water quality monitoring is a fundamental tool in the management of freshwater resources.