Aquatic Environmental Chemistry is the study of sources, reactions, transport, and fate of chemical entities in water, as well as their effects on human health and the natural environment. Of the approximately 1.48×1013 liters of water which fall as precipitation each day in the continental United States of America, approximately 1.6×1012 liters per day (11%) goes to human consumption. Industrial and agricultural use account for approximately 46% each of total consumption; municipal use consumes the remaining 8%.
Water pollution is a concern, not only because it damages the natural environment, but also because it poses a potential hazard to human health. Three major sources of water pollution are water discharged from electrical power generation, runoff from agricultural irrigation and pesticide application, and acid mine drainage.
Jeanne Gonwa, ’07 Wauwatosa, WI
Majors: Environmental Chemistry, Spanish
Sponsor: Craig Teague