This might make you think twice about being in the water of this Indiana river.

Pollution has been a problem for years now, and unfortunately, it hasn't gotten much better over the years. That's especially true when it comes to our rivers. When it comes to the most polluted river in the United States, it happens to be one that we here in southern Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, are all affected by in some way.

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According to EcoCation:

River pollution in the USA is an ongoing and concerning issue. It has persisted for years, posing health risks to those reliant on these rivers for drinking water. This article explores the most polluted rivers in the US and delves into the reasons behind their contamination.

The EPA estimates that about 28% (or 80,000 miles) of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs are impaired due to pollution. Mercury and toxic chemicals pollute rivers in nearly every state.

However, those toxic chemicals are more prevalent in the number one most polluted river in the United States. By now, you might be able to guess what it is. So let's take a look.

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The Most Polluted River in the U.S. Runs Through Indiana

I'm sure you have probably guessed it by now. The Ohio River was named the most polluted river in the country. Last year, it came in as the second most polluted river in the country. Of course, you might recall the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3rd of 2023, where small amounts of hazardous chemicals spilled into the Ohio River. I'm sure that didn't help the pollution in the Ohio River much. However, the problem is much deeper than that. Here's what EcoCation says:

The Ohio River, a lifeline for six states, battles a relentless foe: industrial pollution. It’s a river tainted by the fingerprints of industries that have left their mark for decades. AK Steel Corporation, among others, plays a prominent role in this pollution saga, pushing mercury levels in fish to alarming heights.

The repercussions are severe, affecting not just the environment but the health of those who depend on this vast waterway. It’s a relentless battle to cleanse the Ohio River, where the past and present clash in a struggle for its future. Being the most polluted rivers in the US, it is among the 25 most polluted rivers in the world too.

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Does this surprise you? Does it make you think twice about the Ohio River and the water we receive from it?

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