Scholz, Nathaniel Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Environmental Conservation Division, Seattle, Washington.
Tchobanoglous, George Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, California.
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- Harmful effects on human health
- Harmful effects on aquatic species
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A change in the chemical, physical, biological, and radiological quality of water that is injurious to its existing, intended, or potential uses. Pollution of groundwater, rivers, lakes, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans can make the water we drink and fish we eat unsafe as well as threaten the health of humans, plants, and wildlife.
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