Freshwater Restoration

"America's rivers are the backbone of our economy. They sustain us. Yet our rivers are changing and not for the good.
Decades of treating a finite resource as infinite has severe consequences."

-www.thefreshwatertrust.org

With each Koi Om design sold, a donation is made to support The Freshwater Trust in their efforts to conduct necessary research and create the technology required to develop the solutions that will improve freshwater quality and quantity. With the recent COVID pandemic, our rivers and streams have been left in a critical state. Our freshwater resources now face more chemical pollution from cleaners and disinfectants, and physical trash such as gloves and masks. It is now vital that we put focus into our freshwater ecosystems to repair the damage done. 

 The Freshwater Trust 

The Freshwater Trust  helps bring more focus to freshwater rivers and streams, while also helping restore and protect these vital ecosystems! Only 3 percent of the Earth's water is freshwater, and nearly 75% of that freshwater is locked away in glaciers or is inaccessible, under the ground. In recent years freshwater species have seen large decline and more than a billion people don't have access to clean water.

A few effects Freshwater Pollution has:

Destroys the Environment

Healthy freshwater ecosystems thrive within a complex network of animals, plants, bacteria, and fungi, all of which interact, directly or indirectly, with each other. Pollution harms many of these organisms and creates chain reactions, leading to lasting effects and destroying entire aquatic environments.

Pollution Kills

Millions of people die each year from pollution found in our freshwater resources. Low-income communities are at greater risk because they often live closest to the source,near industrial areas.

Prevents Life

Water pollution can often cause algal blooms, which can have a devastating effect the surrounding eco system. Algal blooms reduces oxygen levels in the water, and this loss of oxygen, known as eutrophication, suffocates plants and animals, creating “dead zones”.

Here are some freshwater facts

1.

Freshwater biomes are among the world’s most endangered ecosystems. Climate change, pollution and other human impacts are taking a toll, jeopardizing the planets freshwater.

2.

Global demand for freshwater is expected to be one-third higher in 2050, and less than 1 percent of the earth’s freshwater is accessible to us. 

3.

80 percent of the world’s wastewater is dumped back into the environment, an alarming number of it is disposed of untreated, polluting rivers, lakes, and oceans.

4.

In a study published in The Lancet, they found that water pollution caused 1.8 million deaths in 2015. About one billion people become ill from unsafe drinking water yearly.

5.

Chemicals and heavy metals from industrial and municipal wastewater contaminate freshwater biomes as well, and many of these contaminants are toxic to aquatic life

6.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, almost half of the rivers, streams, and lakes in the U.S are polluted and unfit for swimming, fishing, and drinking. 

Here are a few little efforts you can take to reduce your impact

"Reduce your plastic consumption and reuse or recycle plastic when you can."

"Properly dispose of chemical cleaners, oils, and non-biodegradable items to keep them from ending up down the drain. Maintain your car so it doesn’t leak oil, antifreeze, or coolant."

"If you have a yard, avoid applying pesticides and herbicides."

*The Yoganomalous Shop is not an official sponsor or partner with The Freshwater Trust. A portion of each sale is donated individually.