Latest News: Get the latest fromLakes and rivers. Find all current Top News. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? Too often we pit one need against another as we use rivers and lakes to meet our needs. We grow food in ways that send pollution into our drinking water. We often manufacture products in ways that use more water than is necessary. We clear away forests without thinking about the erosion that will wash into our waters. We can and must make better choices or we will continue to spoil the very resources we need and cherish.