What is Stormwater Pollution?
Water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets is known as stormwater runoff. This water flows or is discharged into local waterbodies. Along the way, the stormwater picks up trash, toxins and other pollutants (gas, motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides and pet droppings). This polluted stormwater can kill fish and other wildlife, destroy wildlife habitat, contaminate drinking water sources and force the closing of beaches because of health threats to swimmers.
Rain washes pollutants into storm drains and directly into our lakes, rivers and the ocean. So what can you do? Recycle used oil at certified facilities and maintain your vehicle to prevent leaks.
Rain washes pollutants into storm drains and directly into our lakes, rivers and the ocean. So what can you do? Recycle and dispose of your trash properly.