Environmental Risk Assessment in the Age of Storm water run-off Pollution
Recently, some scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency have been attempting to understand the potential effect of noticeable stressors to the Puget Sound and using risk management theory to control excessive damage and protect the health of the rivers and ocean in the State. A key part of the mission of the EPA’s scientists is to understand the potential effect of stressors such as those described above in assessing the quality and health of ground and surface water. What does risk assessment offers at this time: 1) the possibility of predicting the likelihood of the effects of the stressors on ground and surface water; 2) the potential of collecting information that could allow scientist hedge against risks of surface and ground water pollution; 3) opportunity to develop a monitoring plan that can reduce pollutants levels in surface and ground waters; and 4) opportunity to develop exposure profile for each pollutants. With these it will be possible to develop a quality index that can help support surface and ground water clean up. It may also be possible to limit many industrial and agricultural activities related to the environmental stressor that are damaging the ground and surface waters.