The Dirtiest Rivers In The World

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Yamuna river, India

Yamuna is a major tributary river of the Ganges with a total length of around 1,370 kilometers and about 57 million people depend on its waters. Untreated pesticides from the field and untreated sewage are the main sources of pollution as so far I haven’t found any records about river clean-up projects whatever.

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Yangtze river, China and Asia

The Yangtze River is the largest and longest river in China, and the third-longest river in the world. Industrial waste and sewage, agricultural pollution and shipping discharges are little by little making the waters dead.

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The King River, Australia

The King River is considered an Australia’s most polluted river. You can check this link to get detailed information on pollution and contamination. Beg my pardon, but I’m just tired of reading all those terrible facts.

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The Mississippi river, USA

I’d really appreciate if someone could send us photos of different areas of Mississippi where we can see it’s actual state. There are many articles about Mississippi pollution and that’s the one I personally found very useful- the document about the quality of water in Mississippiriver.
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There are other rivers that we can notice in reports for the dirtiest rivers, such as as Wawa river in Philippines, Anacostia river in USA, New River in Mexico and looks like this list is never ending. He’s the list of most polluted rives in the US and there are over 50 rivers! There are many polluted rivers in India, China and countries of Europe are not an exclusion.

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  • Sorry, The Mississippi River shouldn’t be included in this list. The pdf linked to is propaganda published by eviro-wackos to maintain their federal funding. It has a good concentration of mud and silt (same as in Mark Twain’s day) but the chemical pollution isn’t nearly what the hysterical leeches claim. I drink New Orleans tap water regularly, it is rated among the highest quality urban water supplies in the world. It’s just the way things are in the U.S. for SOME people. They have to play chicken little to make a living, and it discredits their entire profession.

  • Some of the rivers shown here are shockingly dirty! It’s a pity that too many people don’t value our planet and just won’t stop until it’s too late. Also I’d like to add Amur in Russia to the list, because it’s practically gurgling with chemicals (many of which come from China).

  • The Mississippi River is far from clean. I live in Memphis TN on river front property called Harbor Town. It is a very nice place however some nights it smells like a sewage treatment plant. There are always random things washing up along with garbage that has traveled only god knows where. There are signs posted everywhere stating “DO NOT EAT FISH FROM THESE WATERS. MERCURY LEVELS EXCEED SAFETY STANDARDS.”

  • Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (Holding Together for Pasig River) – an advocacy to clean and rehabilitate the Pasig river in the Philippines. Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig will look to hurdle these obstacles with the most comprehensive effort to clean the Pasig River. Under the guidance of the ABS CBN Foundation and its key programs – Bantay Kalikasan, Bantay Bata and Educational TV – the thrust will be a multi-aspect, multi-faceted approach to clean the river and keep it clean. Collaborating with key Philippine government agencies*, Kapit Bisig Para Sa Ilog Pasig has charted a seven-year campaign to tackle the pollution, help relocate informal settlers, provide livelihood opportunities and launch a major information movement. The hope is to revive a river and resuscitate a nation which had not seen the glory of the Pasig in over half a century.

  • Hi

    We have bio-remediation to clean these waters of chemical and oil pollution but debris need to be removed physically. Major problem is funding as no govt is willing to spend but if people of the area or philanthropic or environmentalist com forward, we can do wonders cleaning these rivers and make it rehabitable. Our proven technology reduces most of the toxic material.

    If any one interested, pls revert back to us for more information.

    Mahesh BABU