Since SouthWings’ founding, protecting the ecological health of our region’s river systems has been a major focus of our work. Although we have made much progress since the days when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that forty years after passage of the Clean Water Act, one third of our rivers, streams, and lakes still don’t meet water quality standards. Obviously, much improvement remains possible.
Threats to water quality range from industrial discharges of toxic chemicals, to nutrient-laden agricultural runoff, to sediment-carrying stormwater from construction sites, and others. These threats vary greatly from watershed to watershed, making it difficult to concentrate on one particular pollutant or source category throughout the region.
Our flights give our partners the tools and information they need to identify, respond to, and ultimately clean up sources of water pollution.