The increasing flow of plastic is positively choking the waters and their life: 90 percent of sea birds have consumed some form of plastic.
The latest ecological disaster left the Animas River a sickly color, after an accident on Aug. 5 sent at least three million gallons of mine waste gushing into the water.
Even amidst this drought, mega-corporation Chevron sells 21 million gallons of treated polluted water a day.
Many are now calling for an ecological civilization as an alternative to more exploitation and extraction, another pathway for human civilization to take.
Today the residents of the Barnesville area are concerned but that patient concern is wearing thin and more militant action has been discussed.
A swarm of earthquakes that have shaken homes and rattled nerves. Nearby, fracking operations are ongoing, continuously disturbing both the environment and people's peace of mind.
Since the 1979 accident, there has been an ongoing controversy over whether the radiation released at Three Mile Island led to an increase of cancer and infant mortality in the surrounding areas.
About 108,000 gallons of waste from a coal processing facility leaked into a tributary of the Kanawha River on Feb. 11, polluting 6 miles of Fields Creek. The waste includes all manner of toxic chemicals and metals.
Texas law allows landowners to pump as much water from their wells as they choose - with few restrictions - even if part of that water is siphoned from other landowners or neighboring towns.