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What is Stormwater Pollution?

The largest source of stormwater comes from every day human activities. Stormwater travels through structure gutters, along streets, and eventually washes into our waters, picking up everything along the way. The most common forms of pollutants are garbage and toxins. Some examples are:

Garbage - cigarette butts, styrofoam products, food wrappers, etc.

Toxins - motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, pet waste, etc.

In summary, anything we place on the ground can eventually end up in our water ways, if not intervened or prevented all together.

Interesting Fact:

Stormwater is not treated prior to entering into our water systems. Any pollutants touched by stormwater are carried directly to local water bodies.

Toxic Rainbows
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