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    Water pollution pipe pouring against background of snow. US Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program office

    Last updated: May 9, 2012.

    Looking for photos of water and air pollution to illustrate your school or college project? You've come to the right place. We've collected together a mini "photo library" of about 60 public domain (copyright free) images you can safely use without worrying about copyright. We do hope you find them useful.

    Photo by US National Park Service, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, courtesy of US EPA Great Lakes National Program office.

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    Click on the thumbnail images on the left to link to a full-size picture. If you need a hi-res image for printing, you'll need to visit the website on the right and search.

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    Photo of Amoco oil spill pollution
    Amoco Oil Spill US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Amoco oil spill pollution cleanup
    Cleaning up after Amoco oil spill
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Apex pil pollution spill
    Apex oil pollution spill in Trinity Bay
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Pollution around an oil well
    Oil-well drilling pollution
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Water and land pollution. Trash dump with rusty oil cans.
    Polluted land showing rusty old oil cans
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    pollution pipe
    Pollution pouring from a dredge pipe
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    dead otter exxon valdez spill
    Dead otter recovered after Exxon Valdez Alaskan oil spill
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    fish kill pollution spill
    Fish kill after pollution spill
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Fish kill from pollution
    Fish kill from pollution
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Scientists measuring and weighing fish killed by pollution
    Scientists counting and measuring fish killed by a pollution spill
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    River turned brown by pollution
    Duck killed by oil pollution
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Dead fish floatingon the surface after Swanson Creek oil spill
    Dead fish floating  on the surface after Swanson Creek oil spill. Photographer: Mary Hollinger, NODC biologist, NOAA.
    US NOAA Photo Library
    Swan covered in oil recovered from Swanson Creek oil spill.
    Swan covered in oil recovered from Swanson Creek oil spill. Photographer: Mary Hollinger, NODC biologist, NOAA.
    US NOAA Photo Library
    Trash, garbage, litter pollution next to a highway
    Pollution thrown by the side of a highway
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Sources of pollution: factories and ships
    Sources of pollution: factories and ships
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Industrial plant next to a river
    Industrial plant next to a river
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Bubbles of detergent pollution in a river
    Detergent pollution in a river
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Litter garbage trash pollution washed onto a beach from the sea
    Litter pollution washed onto a beach from the sea
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Litter pollution in a creek/stream
    Litter pollution in a creek/stream
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Trash, garbage, discarded plastic bottles and pollution in an otherwise pristine wetland area
    Litter pollution in a wetland area
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Trash polluting a waterway
    Trash polluting a waterway. Photographer: Dr. James P. McVey, NOAA Sea Grant Program.
    US NOAA Photo Library
    Industrial pollution pours from pipe
    Industrial pollution pouring out from a pipe
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Irrigation runoff
    Irrigation runoff
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Agricultural chemicals (fertilizers or pesticides) being sprayed from a tractor
    Agricultural chemicals (pesticides or fertilizers) being sprayed from an airplane
    US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
    Spray of pesticide pollution circling underneath a crop-dusting helicopter
    Pesticide pollution from a crop-duster helicopter
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Reducing the need for irrigation and fertilizer use
    Reducing the need for irrigation and fertilizer use
    US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
    A tractor spraying crops with fertilizer or pesticide
    Crop-spraying tractor may be causing pollution
    US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
    An airplane spraying crops with fertilizer or pesticide
    Crop-spraying airplane may be causing pollution
    US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
    A man wearing protective clothing and a face mask spraying pesticide or insectide
    The dangers of spraying pesticides and the benefits of using less-harmful alternatives US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
    Algal bloom caused by fertilizer spraying
    Algal bloom on a bayou caused by fertilizer run-off
    US Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service
    Algal bloom and water pollution
    Algae Accumulation, Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    A barge travels up a polluted waterway
    Pollution caused by barge traffic, tankers, and shipping US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Pollution warning sign in Utah
    Pollution sign warning about the dangers of contaminated fish and waterfowl
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Pollution caused by sand and gravel mining
    Pollution caused by runoff from sand and gravel mines into rivers and watercourses.
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Pollution over Mexico City seen from space
    Satellite photo: pollution over Mexico City
    NASA Image Exchange
    Hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica
    Hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica
    NASA GRIN
    Satellite photo: Korea and the Sea of Japan are obscured by swirls of pollution
    Satellite photo: Korea and the Sea of Japan are obscured by swirls of pollution NASA Image Exchange
    Oil slicks off the coast of Qatar, Persian Gulf
    Oil slicks off the coast of Qatar, Persian Gulf caused by tanker movements
    NASA Image Exchange
    Air pollution coming from a smokestack (chimney)
    Air pollution coming from a smokestack (chimney)
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Pollution from a smokestack (chimney)
    Air pollution from a smokestack (chimney). Photo by DOE/NREL. Picture ref: 00560. US DOE/NREL
    Traffic causing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
    Traffic causing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo by Warren Gretz courtesy of DOE/NREL. Picture ref: 10967. US DOE/NREL
    Smoggy haze over Denver, Colorado
    Smoggy haze over Denver, Colorado. Photo by Warren Gretz courtesy of DOE/NREL. Picture ref: 10647. US DOE/NREL
    Smog caused by temperature inversion over Denver, Colorado
    Smog caused by temperature inversion over Denver, Colorado. Photo by David Parsons courtesy of DOE/NREL. Picture ref: 07308. US DOE/NREL
    Coastal erosion caused by jetskis
    Coastal erosion caused by jetskis. Photographer: Mary Hollinger, NODC biologist, NOAA.
    US NOAA Photo Library
    Flooding caused by erosion and extreme high tides
    Flooding caused by erosion and extreme high tides. Photographer: Mary Hollinger, NODC biologist, NOAA. 
    US NOAA Photo Library
    Volunteers help to clear trash from the shoreline of Baltimore Harbour
    Volunteers help to clear trash from the shoreline of Baltimore Harbour. Photographer: Mary Hollinger, NODC biologist, NOAA.
    US NOAA Photo Library
    Vlunteers help to clear trash from the shoreline of Baltimore Harbour.
    Volunteers help to clear trash from the shoreline of Baltimore Harbour. Photographer: Mary Hollinger, NODC biologist, NOAA. US NOAA Photo Library
    Oil emulsion floating in a marsh, Dixon Bay
    Oil emulsion floating in a marsh, Dixon Bay. Photo by NOAA Restoration Center.
    US NOAA Photo Library: Restoration Center
    Old industrial site near the Great Lakes
    Old industrial site, Great Lakes. Photo by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Great Lakes National Program office. US EPA
    Junk cars in Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois
    Junk cars in Illinois River, Peoria, Illinois. Photo by Romy Myszka, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    US EPA
    Point-source water pollution
    Pollution pours from a pipe into a watercourse. Photo by US National Park Service, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. US EPA
    zebra mussels
    Zebra mussel (an example of an invasive species) on native mussel. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Pollution in the Mississippi delta
    Satellite image of changes from erosion, pollution, and other problems in the Mississippi Delta from 1973 to 2003.
    USGS Landsat
    Pollution entering the River Potomac
    Pollution entering the Potomac River (aerial photo) US Fish & Wildlife Service
    Pollution in the Mississippi delta
    21 different photo galleries here, including lots of great photos of the Exxon Valdez, Amoco Cadiz, and other notorious oil tanker spills. US NOAA Ocean Service Office of Response and Restoration
    Run-off pollution around an acid mine being filmed
    Collecting video evidence of run-off from an acid mine
    US Fish & Wildlife Service

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