Blog  /  August 2016  /  Water Quality & Aquatic Habitats

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Living things cannot function without water. Humans, animals, and plants all have an affinity to live within close proximity of a water source. Unfortunately, natural disasters and human activity near water sources can degrade these water bodies. Pollution, consumption mismanagement, and the penetration of storm water runoff are just a few examples. When facing these stressors humans can relocate or perform environmental remediation practices, but animal and plant species are not as reactive. There are three possibilities, amongst other alternatives, to address these stressors: raise water quality standards, develop selective public access, and improve aquatic habitats.

 

First being the installation of infrastructure with funding specifically allocated for on-site storm water capture and storage in urban areas. There is a vital funding need concerning green infrastructure components that continue to be linked to water quality, and with about 370 active opportunities available SplashLink understands this urgency. Second, funds for capital and engineering projects for appropriate public access via trails, bridges, marinas, and green spaces may limit stress on water sources and aquatic habitats. With nearly 850 active funding opportunities related to water quality and aquatic habitats, SplashLink provides substantial content that touches upon this second possibility to limit stressors. Third, investing in proven best practices such as vegetative buffers and bioswales to improve aquatic habitats is advisable. This investment pays off two-fold because as animal and plant species multiply, so does the resiliency of the aquatic habitats meaning that water quality levels will rise. Furthermore, we can expect water quality to remain a salient issue not only for aquatic habitats, but also for drinking water due to the continual stream of funding requests.