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Center for Environmental Education and Information

The Center for Environmental Education and Information (CEEI) is dedicated to compiling species and habitat information and data suitable for educational purposes. It is CEEI's current mission to produce a new Endangered Species Early Warning (ESEW) web site to increase awareness of the magnitude of polluted streams in the United States. This information is a major indicator of environmental health, and represents the status of habitat data for hundreds of species -- including those that have not yet made the official lists but are at risk.
Ratings/Review of this resource:

PO 1778
Sun Valley , ID 83353
Contact Person: Max casebeau
Phone: 208-578-1557
Fax: same
E-Mail: ceei@cox-internet.com
Website: http://www.esew.org

Detailed Information:
CEEI was founded 14 years ago when it was determined that most of the news media would not publish the official 303(d) polluted stream lists produced by the states themselves. These lists were produced in order to comply with the Clean Water Act (CWA). For example, Idaho maintained that only 34 streams qualified to be listed per the criteria of the CWA. (Criteria for streams to be listed include: inability of fish to reproduce, humans cannot swim in the waters because of chemicals or bacteria contamination). The media still is not comfortable with publishing this information because they fear advertising and subscriber retaliation.

CEEI conducted a poll in 1996 and found that, with a sample of 1,000 interviews, 99.9% did not know that Idaho had any polluted streams. (This poll was conducted in Ketchum, in the heart of the Idaho Rockies). CEEI notes that the actual Idaho list would take up to 19 pages of an average size tabloid. (The media cites all the 1 column, two inch stories they have run every two years about polluted streams as released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)).

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