“Among the greatest achievements for water quality in the past 25 years is that countries have stopped dumping large quantities of untreated urban and industrial waste water into rivers.” (http://www.nature.com/news/europe-sounds-alarm-over-freshwater-pollution-1.17021)

It’s all too easy to blame a typo for the risk of shitting down the river network.

Frozen Wasteland

“Human excrement is a bigger problem than the oxygen bottles, torn tents, broken ladders, and cans or wrappers teams left behind. … Human waste piling up over decades … posed a health hazard to people dependent on water from rivers fed by the region’s melting glaciers.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/04/us-nepal-everest-idUKKBN0M00A220150304)

A bigger problem than yellow snow.


“Federal land managers were required to determine where on the country’s vast forests snow machines could travel without harming or destroying natural resources like rivers or wildlife like imperiled Canada lynx that are dependent on undisturbed winter landscapes.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/us-usa-environment-snowmobiles-idUKKBN0L207320150129)

Unfortunately the way markers were obscured by snow.


“The oil has spread to cover about 350 square kilometers of the delicate ecosystem—including staining the Passur River—according to the Bangladeshi forest department. Yet, measures to contain and clean-up the oil spill have been crude at best.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1215-hance-sundarbans-oil-spill.html)

Crude at its best is still uncorrected.


“A Washington state man [has been] accused of using an excavator and a bulldozer to try to alter the Tahuya River. … Federal biologists concluded that about 5,747 square meters of river bed were moved.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/31/us-usa-washington-river-idUKKBN0IK04J20141031)

He may also be charged for planting mustard seed over fourteen acres at the foot of nearby Gold Mountain.


“The Chinese mitten crab, … named because of a hair-like covering on their claws, was found in the river Clyde in June. … As well as outcompeting other marine life, they cause erosion by damaging riverbanks and impact infrastructure such as dykes when they burrow into them. Research by the Natural History Museum has shown they can eat salmon and trout eggs.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/26/invasive-chinese-mitten-crab-found-in-scotland-prompts-salmon-fears)

Crittur wi’ claw cozies compliant wi’ Caledonian climate.


“The team was originally conducting a trial of different types of ‘fyke nets’ – a type of trap anchored to the river bed – that would allow invasive Chinese mitten crabs to be harvested while allowing endangered eels to escape. But they spent so long clearing plastic rubbish from the nets that they thought this alone merited further study.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/02/plastic-waste-thames-marine-life-report)

Sometimes you can’t see the crabs for the crap. Sometimes you can’t see the wool or the eels.


“Every year the night sky is a little less dark and lights shining on glow-worm breeding areas, ponds, rivers and other wildlife habitats can destroy their natural ecology. ” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/359538-nocturnal-nature-in-the-balance)

Nobody likes bright lights shining on their breeding areas.


“The Defra-funded Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme has reported an average of 500 incidents, involving up to 20 species, each year since its inception in 1990.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2013/aug/22/river-dee-dolphin-adventurous-marine-life)

‘C-SIP’ officers provide stranded cetaceans with a hot analgesic drink.