The 1972 Federal Clean Water Act authorized standards to controlling discharges affecting watersheds. The Environmental Protection Agency authorizes water quality proposals for unimpeded lakes, rivers & streams.
The Office of Water implements finalized proposals. They work regionally with states & tribal governments for standards of data collection, scientific method & guidance via regular back & forth contact.
All to provide safe drinking water, protect & maintain watersheds & related waterways, and for unimpaired fish, plant & wildlife habitats. Plus for humans the benefits of health protection, economic advantages & quality recreation.
Thus from Federal Guidance, States & Tribes enact testing guidelines per 3 stipulations:
One possible problem is there are multiple upon multiples of interpretations for these stipulations. Even within a state, among agencies, or within a county.
For Example, here are some varieties in Arizona:
It's not necessarily a bad thing, as you can see above, Tucson and Pima County seem on the ball with adhering to Federal & State regulations. Is every southwestern state that meticulous?
When you say, "I'm looking for the lake water quality near me." Check the state where you live:
Overall in their 2021 paper, Simon N Topp et al concluded that "extensive U.S. freshwater pollution abatement measures have been effective and enduring..." particularly for alleviating serious pollution, and addressing it when it occurs. They also graphed a trending improvement in freshwater lake and river quality since the early 1980s.
We've always had our Southwest Lakes USA page on Facebook = SW Lakes USA. So that people can learn about the so many wonderful lakeside places to visit in the Southwest U.S. And connect with our website.
Just wanted to let you know the page is now down.
It's because it was hacked by someone.
To have a Facebook page that relates to a website, it's sourced from your initial account - your own Facebook personal page. That's our page that was hacked, and then shut down - at least from our access. Then the attached Lakes Facebook page was hacked into and shut as well.
This wasn't a good thing for us, causing us distress, as it led to the hacker getting into even further personal info. Not as bad as stealing identity, but still illegal.
We tried contacting Facebook multiple ways they supposedly provide. But nothing worked, we could not reach them. Apparently they have no working customer service and never get with you - even if you're hacked. Everything is automated, and if the automation doesn't work - oh well, they don't seem to care.
It's almost like they blame you for being hacked.
Because the hacker, we're aware, went on & on for about a month, without them even noticing. Yet the hacker was doing illegal functions - we finally discovered. Yet as soon as we discovered it, all the while, we've been trying to contact Facebook & solve it.
With no results.
Still no results at this time. But we're following up by other means. So to be continued...
We hope any lakes near you are monitored well enough. Especially those man-made reservoirs used for drinking water! If you ever go hiking up into the mountains of the southwestern states, why not discover trails that lead to an alpine lake? Or some hidden pristine undiscovered, "secret" lake!
So after this more troublesome report - we'll leave you with a nice view of a beautiful lake you can dream of hiking to!
See you again next month.
Meanwhile, enjoy your lakeside adventures!
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