Clean Water Quiz

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 Clean Water Quiz
Clean water is a necessity of life. No one can live without it. Yet not everyone realizes the current state of our nation's waters, nor the realities of protecting it. Take this short quiz to see how much you know about the real issues surrounding clean water!

  
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  • 1. 
    True or False: the government samples all streams and rivers in the U.S. to check for water pollution.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False


  • 2. 
    What percentage of streams are monitored by state, local and federal government agencies for pollution?
    • A. 

      24%

    • B. 

      48%

    • C. 

      72%

    • D. 

      96%


  • 3. 
    Of the 24% of streams that are monitored, what percentage of our rivers and streams are safe enough to swim in and eat fish out of?
    • A. 

      45%

    • B. 

      60%

    • C. 

      75%

    • D. 

      90%


  • 4. 
    When did congress pass the Clean Water Act?
    • A. 

      1898

    • B. 

      1922

    • C. 

      1972

    • D. 

      1987


  • 5. 
    What is the biggest source of pollution in streams today?
    • A. 

      Industrial waste

    • B. 

      Discharge from sewage treatment plants

    • C. 

      Rain runoff carrying pollutants from the land

    • D. 

      Landfills


  • 6. 
    What potentially polluting practices are not regulated under the Clean Water Act?
    • A. 

      Agriculture

    • B. 

      Logging

    • C. 

      Mining

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 7. 
    Headwater streams are the small creeks and streams that are the origin of most rivers. What percentage of headwater streams are currently not protected by the Clean Water Act a result of U.S. Supreme Court cases in 2001 and 2006?
    • A. 

      15%

    • B. 

      35%

    • C. 

      60%

    • D. 

      90%


  • 8. 

    Wetlands like this one provide humans with which of the following:
    • A. 

      Reducing flood damage

    • B. 

      Ground water recharge

    • C. 

      Providing habitat for ducks, fish and other wildlife

    • D. 

      All of the above


  • 9. 
    How much water can one quart of motor oil contaminate?
    • A. 

      1,000 gallons

    • B. 

      10,000 gallons

    • C. 

      100,000 gallons

    • D. 

      1,000,000 gallons


  • 10. 
    What percentage of waterways and groundwater in the United States are contaminated with residue from antidepressants, birth control pills and antibiotics?
    • A. 

      20%

    • B. 

      40%

    • C. 

      60%

    • D. 

      80%


  • 11. 
    How much of the average U.S. citizen's drinking water comes from rivers and streams?
    • A. 

      25%

    • B. 

      45%

    • C. 

      65%

    • D. 

      85%


  • 12. 
    How many gallons of water does it take to grow and prepare food for a typical Thanksgiving dinner for eight people?
    • A. 

      42 gallons

    • B. 

      420 gallons

    • C. 

      4,200 gallons

    • D. 

      42,000 gallons


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