On March 26, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water Acting Assistant Administrator Nancy Stoner reported that 55 percent of America’s rivers are considered in poor condition as outlined in the draft survey, “National Rivers and Streams Assessment.” 21 percent of rivers are considered in good condition, and 23 percent were reported to be fair. The agency, which conducted a study of close to 2,000 rivers in 2008 and 2009, found high levels of bacteria, nitrogen, and phosphorous and decreased vegetation in many of the rivers. These conditions harm aquatic life, food resources, and water quality.