Half Of All American Streams And Lakes Are Polluted Can Environmental Engineering Fix This?

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What is the function of environmental engineering and how does it affect our everyday lives? This question is more than partially responsible for creating some of the most widespread forms of technology used today. From civil engineering to aerial surveying, the purpose of environmental engineering is to get the most out of our surroundings. It cultivates safe usage, addresses environmental concerns and helps companies ensure a positive relationship with nearby communities. When this is done irresponsibly, however, the damage can be felt for miles around.

Before getting your proverbial toes wet in the field of environmental engineering, you need to know where to be careful so that everyone stands to benefit.

Water is the key to life. Despite this, many areas on the planet don’t have the opportunity for clean and accessible water. Only 3% of the planet’s water is drinkable and, because of this, it takes very responsible nearby companies to ensure that already low percentage doesn’t get any lower. Nearly a quarter of all American rainfall becomes groundwater and this specific form of water provides the majority of flow to nearby streams.

Perhaps you’re wondering what causes water to become undrinkable or even actively hazardous. Recent water quality reports have found that 45% fo American streams, as well as 47% of lakes and 32% of bays, are polluted. This pollution is caused by careless visitors, truck spills and gradual exposure to polluted air from nearby cities. Additional water quality reports have seen over two-thirds of American estuaries and bays degraded because of nitrogen pollution.

Pollution can even come from well-meaning American homeowners. Americans have been found to use a stunning two billion pounds of pesticides on a yearly basis — this eventually washes into rivers and lakes, with some reports finding that pesticides often kill more birds and earthworms than actual pests. When nearly 73 different kinds of pesticides have been found in American groundwater, you can really feel the need for environmental engineering.

A combination of geotechnical and aerial surveying technology creates the foundation for civil engineering and the services provided to companies large and small. The primary aerial photographic product used will be a high-resolution digital color photograph that reaches 39 megapixels, ensuring that companies are given, literally, the best view possible of lands they are considering. Everything from surface water to modeling mock-ups can be addressed here.

Where will environmental engineering take us in the future? That’s for you to decide. A 2000 Rutgers study saw that ESOP companies, specifically, grow 2% faster after setting up their ESOP than without it. Nearly 500,000 new residential wells are constructed every year, as well, and the NGWA estimates that the construction of these very vital water supply systems will involve the usage of 18,000 drilling machines. We need water to thrive. We also need cooperation.

Civil engineering makes sure we get there.

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Sarah Todd

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