At left: Big Laurel Falls. Photo by Chuck Sutherland.
Odor is a useful indicator of water quality even though odor-free water is not necessarily safe to drink. Odor is also an indicator of the effectiveness of different kinds of treatment. However, present methods of measuring odor are still fairly subjective and the task of identifying an unacceptable level for each chemical in different waters requires more study. Also, some contaminant odors are noticeable even when present in extremely small amounts.
It is usually very expensive and often impossible to identify, much less remove, the odor-producing substance.
How To Help (And Who Can Help You)1. Allow for natural growth near waterways.2. Limit impervious surfaces.3. Plant a rain garden.4. Plan for a better future.5. Contact your representatives.6. Support your local watershed stewards.7. Spread the word.
Ready To Make A Difference?Pledge to do one or more of these mitigation activities!