The effects of pollution - Polluted Stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals and people.
Students learning about storm water pollution
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Stormwater Pollution Solution
Recycle or properly dispose of household products that contain chemicals, such as insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, and used motor oil and other auto fluids.
Don’t pour them onto the ground or into storm drains!
Excess fertilizers and pesticides applied to lawns and gardens wash off and pollute waterways. In addition, yard clippings and leaves can wash into storm drains and contribute nutrients and organic matter to waterways. It may also hinder proper drainage.
Leaking and poorly maintained septic systems release nutrients and pathogens (bacteria and viruses) that can be picked up by Stormwater and discharged into nearby waterbodies. Pathogens can cause public health problems and environmental concerns.
Construction Sites - Erosion controls that aren’t maintained can cause excessive amounts of sediment and debris to be carried into the Stormwater system. Construction vehicles can leak fuel, oil, and other harmful fluids that can be picked up by Stormwater and deposited into local water bodies.
Education is essential to changing people’s behavior. Signs and markers near storm drains warn residents that pollutants entering the drains will be carried untreated into a local water body.
If you have any questions or comments please contact Lafayette Consolidated Government Environmental Quality at 291-8529 or LCG EQ Hotline
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