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The Link Between Stormwater Pollution and Water Quality: What You Need to Know

Stormwater pollution is a major environmental concern that can have serious impacts on the health of our waterways and ecosystems. But how does stormwater pollution affect water quality?


  • When it rains, stormwater runoff carries pollutants from streets, yards, and other surfaces into our waterways. These pollutants can include chemicals from fertilizers, pesticides, and household hazardous waste, as well as litter and debris. When these pollutants enter our waterways, they can cause a range of problems, including:

  • Contamination of drinking water sources

  • Harm to aquatic life and wildlife

  • Decreased recreational value of waterways

  • Damage to ecosystems and habitats


To protect water quality and prevent these negative impacts, it's important to take steps to prevent stormwater


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