Why Worry about Stormwater Pollution?
Pollution spoils our water. Stormwater picks up any debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants in its path. These pollutants then enter the storm sewers and go directly to our lakes, streams, and rivers, not to a water treatment plant. Trash and debris can kill aquatic life, such as ducks, fish, turtles, and birds. Sediment clouds the water destroying aquatic habitats. Human sewage and animal waste add harmful bacteria and viruses that pollute the water. Chemicals from household wastes like paint solvents, used motor oil, and other motor fluids can poison aquatic life, and so can excess nutrients from fertilizers and pesticides. Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or drinking these waters.