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  1. There's also a similar piece that just ran on 60 Minutes: "A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn't Recycled" by Laura Parker on nationalgeographic.com So, when I open a bottle of Deer Park water, there's a 90% chance that it will end up in the ocean, or in a landfill, despite my going to great lengths to recycle it? Predictions are that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than FISH. NO THANK YOU. I've got to change my ways.
  2. If you, like me, knew virtually nothing about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, except that you've been hearing murmurings about it on the news, this is a good article to start with - it's written at the level which assumes you know nothing: "How Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan Became Federal State of Emergency" by Jessica Durando on usatoday.com "Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan" by Stephen Roderick on rollingstone.com People do not realize how *expensive* it is to maintain our infrastructure. I worked with the wastewater section folks at EPA for a few years, and I got snippets of just how important drinking water (as opposed to wastewater really is). Don't get me wrong, they're both important - you don't want untreated wastewater to be spewing out into our rivers and bays, but both of these involve underground pipes, and that is *very* expensive to implement, and many of the materials currently used for those pipes are decaying and decrepit, not to mention downright dangerous in some cases. CSOs (Combined Sewer Overflows) are both dangerous and disgusting during heavy rains, but that's another topic entirely - when I was there, long ago, estimates were so high to fix everything up to standards that it was all considered "pie in the sky." But things like this are what happens if you don't.
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