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Drain tiling, the hidden accelerator of water pollution

I’ve written many articles discussing how industrial agriculture is a primary source of water pollution and toxic algae growth that result in huge dead zones where all aquatic life is suffocated. There are 18 major river basins in the continental U.S., with the largest belonging to rivers that feed the Mississippi River, currently the seventh-most polluted river in the world. A July 2, 2019, presentation in The Wall Street Journal offers an in-depth look at how agricultural expansion is driving the Mississippi River’s demise. You can scroll through fact boxes for each section of the river, starting in the north and moving all the way down to the Gulf.  Read more...



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