Friday, April 22, 2005

Earth Day --

Thirty five years of observance and action have brought progress and paperwork, cleaner air, concern for our environment and rivers that no longer are in danger of catching fire. We have traveled far enough along the road that the burden of improvement has moved from corporations and manufacturers to individuals.

Will there still be marches and banners hung when the realization hits that our perfect ever green, weed less lawns are now the danger?  Grease and cooking oil washed down the drain is as bad as industrial chemicals in our rivers? When it comes to choosing between ultra clean this and antibacterial that or reducing the surfactants that we dump into the watershed?  We will see. More importantly, I believe that we will do. We have to.


porthnoid said...

Using manure to fertilize crops is a cost-effective way to save money on commercial fertilizer, and can be an environmentally responsible means of manure management. However, while manure is a good fertilizer on land, it can have undesirable effects when it enters nearby streams and lakes. Pathogens in manure can make water unsafe to drink or use for recreation. The nitrogen and phosphorus that make manure so productive on farm fields can create an over-fertilized "soup" when they run off into the water, leading to undesirable algae blooms. These effects are not only unpleasant for recreation and aesthetics, but they also deteriorate the underwater habitat necessary for fish and other aquatic organisms to live.

thisismary said...

Porthnoid is absolutely right, to protect the waters of the state, maunre application at agrinomic rates, isolation distances and management practices must be strictly observed. Which is why folks, you should never attempt this at home. <-- I don't need to point out that was a joke, do I? Leave the application of manure (or in my case, waste water treatment plant sludge) to professionals.  :-)  But my journal entry was about urban nonpointsource pollution. ::shrug::

shadp said...

Come the Revolution - I'll be grounding all aircraft, scrapping all automobiles, and banning all food processing factories overnight! But, in the meantime - well I'll just have to trust the UK Environment Agency to dispose of my effluent safely. They're pretty good. I once dug and built a foul drainage system for the 4 dwellings on a farm I had.

They were damn tough on me - getting the required effluent percolation rates - the exact pipe depths and fall levels to avoid undue percolation in just one part of the system, instead of over a wide area - proximity of any natural water courses, etc, etc. But I got it right. And it became my pride and joy at the time. It'll still be there in hundreds of years.