Report: Ohio River most polluted U.S. body of water for 7th year straight


CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING TO HOLD IN PLACE. THE PLAN IS TO HAVE TRUCKS REMOVE THE WATER. WE KNOW THE OHIO RIVER HAS CHEMICALS. BUT HOW BAD IS IT? A NEW REPORT PUT THE OHIO BACK ON TOP IN A NATIONAL LIST. WLWT NEWS 5 JENNIFER SCHACK WENT TO THE NUMBERS. 23 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEMICALS WENT INTO THE OHIO RIVER IN 2013. THE OHIO RANKS OF THE MOST POLLUTED RIVER IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW. IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, THE OHIO IS THAT 174 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEMICALS RELEASED. MORE THAN THE NEXT TWO RIVERS COMBINED. THE NEW RIVER IN WEST VIRGINIA AND THE MISSISSIPPI. ALTHOUGH THIS SOUNDS ALARMING, THE REPORT DOES NOT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE VOLUME OF WATER IN THE RIVERS. THAT DILUTES THE CHEMICALS. NOT ALL THE POLLUTANTS DUMPED INTO IT ARE IMPACTING CINCINNATI’S WATER. THE GOOD NEWS, OF THE 23 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEMICALS, NEARLY 75% OF THEM ARE RELEASED FROM ONE PLANT WHICH IS DOWNRIVER IN INDIANA. WE TALKED TO THE GREATER CINCINNATI WATERWORKS. THEY MONITOR FOR THESE CHEMICALS WHEN PURIFYING WATER FROM THE OHIO RIVER AND HAVE SPECIAL FILTRATION SYSTEMS TO AMEND — REMOVE THEM. THIS FACILITY SPECIALLY DESIGNED IN ORDER TO REMOVE THOSE CONTAMINANTS THAT GASOLINE AND PESTICIDES AND THEY THINK THAT GET IN. IF THEY GET INTO THE RIVER AND THE WATER, WE CAN REMOVE THEM. GREATER CINCINNATI WATERWORKS MONITORS LEVELS HUNDREDS OF TIMES A DAY TO ENSURE WATER CLOUT — WATER QUALITY. IN CINCINNATI, JENNIFER SCHACK. THE 23 MILLION POUNDS OF CHEMICALS IN 2013 IS DOWN FROM THE HIGH POINT OF 33 MILLION AND 2006.

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  • Cincinatti's portion of the river is fine. Louisville, on the other hand, isn't so fortunate. You shouldnt even eat a fish caught in that portion of the Ohio River.

  • It begs the question if it is toxic and if it is a pollutant, why are they allowed to release it? I grew up in a small town about 150 miles south of Pittsburgh and I can tell you that the river has cleaned up immensely since I was a kid.

  • So about 16 million tons, to 12 million tons….

    Ohio we can do better than this.

  • The Ohio flows into the Mississippi. Duh. So the Ohio's pollution is the Mississippi's pollution.
    This report doesn't make sense.

  • Drink this water as it will come to bitter unless you drain it into old oil wells you will be vires free. Till thin you can start your lawsuits

  • At least the power plants measure their output into the air in metric tons.

  • Just moved here and planning on moving out to Caribou, Maine.

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