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Trash Contamination Of WaterwaysPosted 8.28.2008

All of us have probably been witness to trash contamination of our waterways and perhaps some of us have even been guilty of contributing to this continuing problem.

Pollution of all types to our environment has been an issue which has become an increasing worldwide concern these days. While many types of pollution—some of which may be contributing to global warming, to the depletion of the protective atmospheric ozone layer, and to other potential unhealthy living conditions—may be difficult for individuals to control, waterway contamination is a form of pollution which we, as individuals, can control.

Not only are trash contaminated waterways an eyesore but trash in certain waterways, especially in storm water management areas, better known as retention ponds, is responsible for additional costs of removal for property owners and taxpayers—which is all of us!

Since Americans everywhere reside in community developments where more and more emphasis is being placed on a “friendly environment,” both natural and manmade ponds and lakes are desired residential amenities. Further, many of those waterways are being enhanced by the installation of decorative, eye appealing floating aquatic fountains.

Waterway trash contamination often starts with the careless disposal of trash—especially discarded plastic grocery bags which are frequently wind blown into storm water drains which eventually end up in retention ponds. Drainage into street side storm water drains can also be impeded by trash clogging those structures.

Continued costly trash removal from waterways is required not only for aesthetic considerations but also to ensure the operation of fountains is not compromised. These fountains have submerged intake structures as their source of water. Sunken trash frequently clogs intakes resulting in decreased fountain function, possible costly fountain pump breakdown and damage, and the expense for the necessary removal of trash from underwater fountain intakes.

Waterway trash contamination may have an additional detrimental effect on aquatic animal life which may ingest or become enmeshed in trash—an unfortunate event which could result in their death.

Finally, much of the unnecessary waterway trash contamination consists of plastic materials notably plastic grocery bags which are especially harmful and which are not biodegradable. As a result much unwanted and unsightly plastic materials may persist in waterways for years.

Waterway trash contamination is literally “in your hands;” let’s ensure trash is properly disposed of—and our waterways are not appropriate “trash receptacles!”

Charles Aquatics, Inc. takes special pride in their waterway trash removal service which is regularly provided at no extra cost to all its clients with aquatic management agreements.