Clean ways for Waterways (Urban Stormwater Education)


Clean Water STARTS in Your Backyard

Water pollution has many sources.  Up to half of all pollutants come not from factories or wastewater treatment plants, but from many diffuse sources resulting from our own everyday activities.  For example, dog waste left on the ground or chemicals sprayed on your lawn can get washed into the nearest waterways by the next rain.  Pet waste and pesticides in your yard may not seem like they could have a large effect on local streams and lakes, but our waterways receive stormwater from thousands of backyards.  What we do in our own backyards and our own communities can make all the difference to the quality of our lakes and streams.

What Is Stormwater Pollution?  Where Does It Go?  What Can I Do? 
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