Pollution of Rivers and Harbors

Issue 17 and Volume 72.

Pollution of Rivers and Harbors An important organization was formed at Atlantic City, N. J., last August, known as the National Coast Anti-Pollution League. One of its objects is to prevent the pollution of the waters of our rivers and harbors by the dumping of oil and other refuse into them from ships and factories, causing, besides the menace to health, and sanitation, the added peril of fires on the waterfronts of cities. The discharge of oily water from the supply tanks of oil-burning vessels, returning in ballast after discharging cargoes abroad, is one of the great problems which must be met by our coast cities. These ships supply this ballast by filling their tanks which contained fuel oil with water. This water is discharged as the ships near American shores. The oil forms into pools, and when wind and tide are favorable this oil finds its way to the…

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