U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Document NameWe All Live Downstream (and Upstream).
Document AuthorRabalais, N.N.
Short DescriptionView Point. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 58(3) : 52A-53A.
CategorySubgroup 3: Scientific Basis for Goals and Management Options
Publication Year2003

Most U.S. citizens would respond positively to the question "Are you concerned about having a healthy environment in which to live?" The proportion of positive responses grows smaller as the questions shift to "Are you responsible for the quality of the environment in which you live? OR "Are you willing to change your behaviors in order to achieve a healthy environment?" The realization that many of our actions affect not only our immediate environment but also environments far away from the source of the offending pollutant is not a commonly held understanding. In many ways, we...