Water quality issues, Peruvian Amazon
Pisces Conservation were asked to report on the effects of total dissolved solids (TDS) concentrations on Amazonian aquatic life, in order to consider the safe level of TDS discharge to ensure that aquatic life is not destroyed or seriously disrupted. The need for this analysis arises because of the long-term discharge of high TDS waters from oil production facilities in the Peruvian Amazon.
Amazonian rivers often have extensive drainage basins and collect water from a variety of soils and geological formations. They can be classified as whitewaters, blackwaters or clear, and each type has its own unique ecosystem adapted to it. A comprehensive understanding of Amazonian habitats is therefore vital for their protection.