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Environmental History: Cool, clear water? On cleaning up US rivers

20 April 2012

On the OUPblog, Wallace Scot McFarlane - author of a paper in Environmental History - reflects upon the state of US rivers and those that still carry the burden of having been severely polluted.

"Many rivers in the United States carry the burden of having been severely polluted. Indeed all the rivers on which I have lived were once no healthier than an open sewer: the Trinity River (Dallas’s untreated sewage), the Concord River (military-industrial complex Superfund sites), the Androscoggin River (paper mills), the Charles River (“love that muddy water!”), and the Willamette River (paper mills). Although none of these rivers live up to the clean water promised by the Clean Water Act, they are nonetheless much cleaner and offer plenty of recreational opportunities, often neglected by the many people who call these watersheds home."

Read the full blog post: Cool, clear water? On cleaning up US rivers

Read the paper: Defining a Nuisance: Pollution, Science, and Environmental Politics on Maine's Androscoggin River