Skip to content

Water Contamination by the Mining Industry is a Global Problem

March 22, 2012

In the absence of a country-wide water delivery system, many El Salvadorian communities rely solely on natural bodies of water for their health and livelihood. Yet, nearly 90% of El Salvador’s waterways are contaminated with pollution. A significant amount of that contamination comes from waste dumping by silver and gold mines.

Francisco Pineda won the Goldman Prize in 2011 for his brave campaign to protect El Salvador’s dwindling clean water resources, particularly the Rio Lempa, from mining contamination.  Sadly, the situation in El Salvador is only one example of a global problem.

Earthworks (a Goldman Prize nominating organization) and Minewatch Canada recently released a report entitled, “Troubled Waters: How Mine Waste Dumping is Poisoning Our Oceans, Rivers, and Lakes.” The report focuses on ten companies whose waste-dumping practices threaten the Earth’s most vulnerable bodies of water.

Related Posts

Stopping the Spill: How Oil Is Changing Our Earth


August 22, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

News headlines every few years can leave the impression that oil spills are rare, one-off events, like BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 or the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster. In reality, they happen constantly: Over 700 million gallons of waste oil reach the ocean every year, destroying entire ecosystems and communities. Beyond its role in…

Read more

Indigenous Communities: Protectors of our Forests


August 8, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

It has now become widely understood in environmental circles that Indigenous groups around the world are often the best stewards of land conservation because of their longstanding cultural, spiritual, and physical connections to their territories. August 9, is UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a day that recognizes the unique role of Indigenous…

Read more

The Fight for Our Rivers


July 25, 2022 – By Jacqueline Kehoe

Carving canyons, sustaining communities, feeding wildlife, and shaping history: rivers are integral to life on our planet. Despite their essential role, these rushing waterways make up just under half a percent of all surface freshwater on the planet. Rivers are rare, and they’re a prize worth fighting for. What Rivers Give Us Rivers are vastly…

Read more