What is the problem at Piney Point?

What is the problem at Piney Point?

The biggest issue with the untreated water pouring from Piney Point is high nitrogen levels, which might be damaging to the ecosystem and perhaps produce algal blooms. Officials, however, claim that the water is not radioactive.

Piney Point is a reserve owned by the National Park Service, but it can only be visited with a guide from the park service. The cost of a tour includes entry fees and the guide's salary. There are also additional charges for some activities such as swimming and hiking.

Piney Point was created in 1958 when the government acquired land in Southern Maryland to protect endangered species. The area is home to more than 50 species of birds, including the American black bear and the white-tailed deer. Mammals found elsewhere in the state include the river otter, the sea lion, and the cougar. Insects include the eastern black widow spider and the northern green snake. Animals unique to Piney Point include the southern alligator lizard and the Atlantic coast mouse.

In addition to being a wildlife refuge, Piney Point is also known for its coastal barrier island habitat. The area consists of forested dunes covered in wildflowers during the spring season. Dunes support rare plants like seaside goldenrod and others that cannot grow anywhere else in Southern Maryland.

What's in the water at Piney Point?

So, what exactly is in the Piney Point water? The waste storage stacks are "drenched in water," but when the phosphogypsum rests on the stack, it dries out and produces a crust. Radon is also emitted by the stack. According to the EPA, when the crust forms on top of the stack, the amount of radon discharged decreases. When the stacks are new, they have vents that release any excess gas that may be building up inside the tanks. As the stacks get older, they begin to leak more slowly, so maintenance crews must check them regularly for leaks.

The waste storage area is not far from several residential areas and many people don't know about the danger it poses. If you live in the surrounding communities, take our poll: http://www.kplctv.com/news/environment/what-s-in-the-water-at-piney-point/article_e0c4af34-f3cb-5df8-b9cf-aeb0916ef1a6.html

Piney Point is one of three landfills in Kansas that accept solid municipal waste. The other two are located in Leavenworth County and Wyandotte County.

The landfill site is owned and operated by Aqua America. It has been in operation since 1989. The company receives its solid waste through contracts with local authorities and then transports the waste to the site for disposal.

Why are the Pine Barrens protected?

Natural Pine Barrens water quality and soil chemistry are preserved against contamination and change, ensuring that native plant and wildlife populations can continue to thrive. The barrens also provide a significant amount of cooling air movement over an area of South Jersey that would otherwise be quite hot and humid.

The natural barrier of the pine trees and shrubs prevents surface runoff from contaminating the clean groundwater below. Sediment and other pollutants washed into the surrounding waterways would remain there if allowed to settle out under the shade of the forest canopy.

The thick layer of vegetation also reduces energy absorption from the sun and clouds, which would otherwise lead to local heat islands across more exposed areas of land. Heat islands cause problems for drivers at night when temperatures are cooler, as well as during the day when they interfere with visibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

Pollution from industrial activities or urban development can have severe effects on the quality of our waters. However, through conservation efforts we can help preserve the Pine Barrens for future generations by not washing toxic chemicals down the drain or onto your lawn.

Topical pesticides are applied to control insects that attack plants. Pesticides also are used in animal feeds and manufactured goods.

Why are the Pine Barrens important?

The "Pine Barrens" habitat is distinguished by acidic, low-nutrient water and soils, as well as all plant and wildlife species that have adapted to these difficult conditions. Humans rely on the health and vitality of the Pine Barrens ecosystems today, as they have throughout history. The Pine Barrens provide many valuable services that benefit people even after they're gone.

The name "Pine Barrens" comes from the absence of large trees in this type of habitat. There are pine trees in the area, but not in vast numbers. Instead, there are scrub pines, which grow in dense thickets with little open space between the plants. The term "barren" also describes something that lacks vegetation, so the name fits here too.

This type of habitat can be found in parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. It is important for a variety of reasons related to food production, conservation, and recreation.

Many animals depend on the Pine Barrens for survival because the thin soil and acid water make it difficult for animals to get nutrients from their diets. Many birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians use the Barrens as a refuge from humans. These animals include pine siskins, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, northern bobwhites, eastern bluebirds, and wood ducks.

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Paul Goodman

Paul Goodman is a nature enthusiast and environmentalist. He has a degree in biology and is interested in the field of ecology. Paul loves reading about new discoveries in the field of biology, as well as learning about other environmental topics.


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