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  1. Introduction
  2. The Ottawa River
  3. Nonpoint sources
  4. Clean Water Act (CWA)
  5. Conclusion

The Ottawa River has been an ongoing problem with pollution. Pollution and contaminates can, and most often do, include; heavy metals, detergents, organic pollution, and other pollutants which include chlorine, pesticides, raionuclides, acids and alkalis (Zmuida, 2012). People have been dumping trash and other particles into the river and contaminating it to the point where the fish and other life within the river are dying.

This can also become a problem for humans. The dead fish, frogs, turtles, etc. which have been washing to the banks of the river could contain diseases which could spread either by human contact, other wildlife coming in contact with first the source and then a human, or by rainwater carrying the disease either by washing into the sewage system or by absorbing into the ground. This could affect our drinking water, or our food growing in these areas. It is also killing off vegetation along the river banks. Many of these plants are rare, and some are close to extinction.

Nonpoint sources can also contribute to the polluting and contamination of the Ottawa River. ?'Nonpoint source' water pollution is pollution from one or more diffuse sources, as opposed to a discharge from a discrete ?point source' such as an outfall or pipe. Such pollution is often, though not exclusively, the result of agricultural, urban or industrial runoff from land?. Because of their diffuse nature, nonpoint sources have proven extremely difficult to regulate? (Graham, 2011, p. 53). It is most difficult to regulate nonpoint sources because of the uncertainty of not knowing exactly where and what source may be the cause of the problem.

[...] This will continue until which time it is deemed unnecessary, meaning all issues of pollution sources have been identified and taken care of so the polluting of the Ottawa River is no longer an issue. This could take years to completely identify all contaminate sources and stop the continued polluting of the river water, but if the citizens of the city become aware of the dangers they could face if this problem is not addressed and taken care, it should become less of a problem every year. [...]


[...] (2011). Regulating Nonpoint Source Water Pollution in a Federal Government: Four Case Studies. International Journal Of Water Resources Development, 53-69. doi: 10.1080 / Zmuida, C. (2012). Freshwater Pollutants. [...]


[...] Water Resources: Ottawa River Clean-Up Water Resources: Ottawa River Clean-Up The Ottawa River has been an ongoing problem with pollution. Pollution and contaminates can, and most often do, include; heavy metals, detergents, organic pollution, and other pollutants which include chlorine, pesticides, raionuclides, acids and alkalis (Zmuida, 2012). People have been dumping trash and other particles into the river and contaminating it to the point where the fish and other life within the river are dying. This can also become a problem for humans. [...]

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