Ecological Challenges

Ecological Challenges

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that recent national surveys have found that U.S. waters are stressed by nutrient pollution, excess sedimentation, and degradation of shoreline vegetation, which affects almost 50% of our lakes, rivers and streams. The rate at which new waters are listed for water quality impairments exceeds the pace at which restored waters are removed from the list. 

The EPA, along with many other Federal, state and non-government agencies strives to protect and restore our waters to ensure that drinking water is safe, and that aquatic ecosystems sustain fish, plants and wildlife, and economic and recreational activities, and that they protect rare, threatened and endangered species.

At the same time, our population is growing and economic development activities continue to impact our natural environment. The ecologist role is to help study, alleviate and mitigate the impacts of development. They do this through Environmental Impact Studies and Assessments, habitat improvement projects, water quality studies, aquatic and terrestrial inventory studies, evaluation of impacts to aquatic and terrestrial resources, and development of traditional and adaptive management plans for natural resources.