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Finding out about water pollution

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

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The world's oceans and rivers have never been under more pressure from pollution. This handy list of information sources points you to books, articles, and websites that tell you what the problems are, how they're caused, and how we can attempt to solve them. There are thousands of web pages about pollution and this is not a complete list. But it'll give you a good start in finding out about most of the issues involved.

Have you read this Introduction to water pollution page? If not, you might like to start there.

Looking for pictures? We have a whole page of pollution photos.

Last updated: January 4, 2011.

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

Contents: What you can find on this page



Cool stuff for schools!

A lot of the information on this page is quite detailed scientific stuff. If you're doing a project for school, you might not have time to work through all these zillions of links. We suggest you take a look at the links below - you will probably find everything you need for your project right here!

Start here

More advanced introductions

For other kinds of information about water (e.g. groundwater, wetlands, aquifers, wastewater), look at the DMOZ/ODP site on Water Resources. (The section on Education contains about 50 websites with water education activities, interactive games, factsheets, teaching materials, and more.)

Pictures of water pollution

If you're doing a water pollution project for school or college, you probably want some pictures to go with it? You might like to start with our own page of pollution photos, which (as far as we can tell) are all copyright free and in the public domain (so you can use them without worrying). Also try the following sites. These should also be mostly public domain images since they're federal government agencies.

Water pollution activities for kids

Government agencies and international organizations

Institutions, campaign groups, NGOs, etc.

Sewage and wastewater


Endocrine disruption

Toxic chemicals and pesticides

Introduced (non-native) organisms

Farming, fertilization, nutrient addition, harmful algal blooms

Oil pollution and slicks

Exxon Valdez oil spill 1989

Gulf of Mexico (Deepwater Horizon) oil spill 2010

Decommissioning of oil platforms and structures

Radioactive waste

Debris and dumping

Atmospheric deposition (ocean pollution caused by air pollution)

Indoor air pollution caused by water pollution

Drinking water quality

Measuring water quality

Laws and conventions



Detailed general books on water pollution

Chemical and biological effects of water pollution

Political and economic analysis

Also check out: Friends of the Earth UK's Publication Catalogue: Pollution


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