Oil spills pose a serious threat to both freshwater and salt water bodies, though the severity of the spill can differentiate and affect each body of water differently. Oil spills actually occur in freshwater more frequently, affecting humans and marine life. Often times, freshwater sources are used for drinking water, and if exposed to oil, the water source could hinder the availability of drinking water in surrounding communities. Oil spills in freshwater and salt water affect marine life as well. Food webs can be severely disturbed, as oil spills can affect all species and organisms. Freshwater oil spills can also affect river banks, clinging to plants and grasses.
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