Reports on Water

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Water. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit Full archive coming soon.

Mercury Pollution in Maryland: A Comprehensive Look at Contamination of Fish in Local Waterways

Maryland newborns and children each year. Mercury Pollution in Maryland presents an analysis of data from nearly 2,000 fish tested by state agencies; 59 percent of the fish contained enough mercury to present a potential health risk. Though Maryland has already established limits on mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants and banned mercury-containing thermostats, the state must do more to protect citizens from mercury by ending medical and municipal waste incineration and collecting mercury-based products.

(April 2006)
Waterways at Risk: How Low-Impact Development Can Reduce Runoff Pollution in Michigan

In the last decade, it has become increasingly clear that irresponsible land use must be controlled in order to restore and protect Michigan waterways and the Great Lakes. Waterways at Risk identifies areas of the state vulnerable to development-caused water quality problems, and suggests policy ideas to protect and restore water resources with low-impact development and smart-growth techniques.

(October 2005)
Overburdened Waters: How Weak Permitting and Enforcement Have Failed to Curb High Levels of Toxic Discharge into Wisconsin's Waterways

Thirty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, Wisconsin waterways continue to be the dumping grounds for high levels of pollution. Weak enforcement of permit limits established under the Clean Water Act contribute to this pollution. Overburdened Waters: How Weak Permitting and Enforcement Have Failed to Curb High Levels of Toxic Discharge into Wisconsin’s Waterways explores some of the shortcomings of clean water enforcement in Wisconsin and suggests ways to help tackle industrial discharge of harmful pollution in the state’s waterways.

(September 2004)
Phosphorus Pollution in Florida's Waters: The Need for Aggressive Action to Protect Florida's Rivers and Streams from Nutrient Runoff

The excess flow of nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus, into Florida’s waterways has led to serious water quality problems—ranging from dramatic changes in the distribution of plant species in parts of the Everglades to algae blooms and fish kills in waterways such as Lake Apopka and Lake Okeechobee. But while Florida has made progress against nutrient pollution in some specific cases, the state’s overall response has been insufficient to ensure the cleanup of already polluted waterways and the prevention of future nutrient pollution problems. 

(December 2004)