What causes water pollution?
Runoff happens when rain or snowmelt flows across pavement or soil to the nearest lake, river or stream. Runoff picks up a variety of pollutants, such as oil, gas, fertilizers, animal waste, grass clippings, pesticides and lots more. Dirty runoff then goes into the nearest storm drain and is delivered to the nearest lake, stream, or river. Contrary to popular belief, the storm drains are not connected to the sewage treatment plant. This water is not treated or cleaned in any way.
What can we do?
Since water pollution comes from everyone and everywhere, we can all lend a hand to stopping pollution from entering our water. Here are a few things you can try: