A. Of all this water, only .3% is usable by humans, the remaining 99.7% is either unusable salt water or unavailable fresh water. (show graph #1)
B. Much of the useable .3% is out of reach and locked up in icecaps and glaciers.
II. We all know that water is important.
A. The water we have now is all we will ever have. We can not produce anymore.
I. Most people do not know this, but our fresh water supply has never been abundant.
II. We not only have to consider conserving our water supply, but cleaning it up as well.
A. As we enter a new millennium, it is appropriate to keep in mind how much we?ve already done to clean up our polluted waterways, how much further we still have to go, and the role that each of you can play to get the job done.
B. Water pollution touches everyone?s lives in many ways.
1. An example of this in humans is a tragedy, which took place in Wisconsin in 1993. More than 100 people died from an intestinal virus linked to contaminated water from farmland runoff where live stock grazed.
2. Another example of how pollution effects wildlife is a tragedy which took place all along the beaches from New Jersey to Florida in 1987 – 1988 when 2,500 Bottlenose dolphins washed up dead due to morbillivirus infections, which was the result of compromised immune systems due to chemical toxins.
B. The toxins enter our bodies through the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.
1. Most of these toxins are fat-soluble and remain in our bodies for long periods.
A. The effects often show up sooner in wildlife than in humans.
B. Our wildlife has no choice but to depend on the nearest stream, lake, or pond for its water whether it?s polluted or not.
C. The National Wildlife Federation has fully documented that the toxic effects of chemicals in polluted waters include damage to an animal?s endocrine and reproductive systems.
A. This is a diagram, which shows how each state, rates on testing its waters and taking steps to protect its watersheds.
B. As you can see Florida is among the poor category. This means it must take drastic steps in changing some areas of pollution, which the state has failed to address.
II. Prevention is the only sure way to treat problems caused by polluted water.
A. It is up to us to keep the water we rely on clean.
B. The following are some things you can do to take action
1. Join programs, which take an active role in cleaning up our beaches and waterways.
2. Ask your representative to protect our coasts
3. Take a stand, get educated and become part of the solution, not the problem.
A. Beyond familiarizing you with the many threats to your waterways and potential consequences of those threats, I also wanted to highlight the opportunities that all of us have to clean and protect our water.