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Dirty Secrets

Each day, we add a steady dose of pollutants into our world's water supply. What detrimental impacts is
this having on wildlife
and ourselves? And what
can we do to stem the tide?

 

Something is amiss in our global world water supply: Striped bass are succumbing to flesh-eating bacteria in Chesapeake Bay; seabird chicks are starving in Hawai‘i; coral reefs are weakening under a growing assault of invisible contaminants and an increasing variety of aquatic animals are showing signs of developmental disorders. Experts and citizens are racing to find clues to the causes—and the solutions. Find out how we all can make a difference.

To learn about the global scale of this problem and why you personally should care, go to Why Should We Care?
 
Interested in following our scientific detectives researching this issue head on? Are you curious about more facts? Visit What Do Experts Say?
 
Want to try your hand at calculating your own footprint? Try How Do I Measure Up?
 
Feeling discouraged? Frustrated? Uninspired? Become part of the solution and dive into What Can We Do?

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