Contamination and Pollution
Here are some USGS resources on acid mine drainage:USGS Energy Resources Program- Acid Mine Drainage
As a government agency, the USGS does not comment on commercial products, but many organizations evaluate consumer products and post product reports on the Internet.
The EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water Web page Drinking water and health: What you need to know has a link to 'What are the health effects of contaminants in drinking water?' This lin
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) lists several ways to purify water for human consumption on their Community and Family Preparedness Web page.
USGS scientists have discovered that the atmosphere is a potential source of the low concentrations of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) detected in shallow ground water
Yes, but in small amounts. In addition to USGS studies of ambient groundwater, USGS is conducting focused studies to assess MTBE concentrations associated with drinking-water supplies.
NAWQA findings indicate that MTBE is most frequently detected in ground water underlying urban areas in comparison to agricultural and mixed land-use settings. MTBE was detected in about 14 percent of wells sampled in urban areas.
The answer is yes. The environmental effects of acid rain include the acidification of lakes and streams, damage to trees at high altitude, the acceleration of decay in buildings, and poorer air quality.
No, but it can cause problems. Depending on where you live, maybe you've heard of acid rain.