Water Quality Protection Begins at Home

  • For urban dwellers, storm water runoff presents one of the biggest challenges to water quality. Contaminants like fertilizers and pesticides, as well as oil and gas from paved surfaces, make their way into storm drains -- and from there can end up polluting rivers and lakes.

For years, people have been quick to point fingers when it comes to water pollution – blaming factories for discharging waste, developers for causing erosion, and farmers for runoff from pesticides and manure. But it turns out there’s another significant threat to water quality… it comes from homeowners. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Wendy Nelson reports:

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