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The Citizen’s Guide to Reducing Polluted Runoff in Coastal Alabama
Jody A. Scanlan, Eve Brantley, Richard Wallace
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Pages / Length: 32
Publication Date: 12/10/2001

The next time it rains, imagine what happens when the water hits the ground and flows away. Water flowing across streets and parking lots picks up dirt, trash, oil, grease, bits of rubber tires, animal waste, and other things left behind by motor vehicles, people, and animals. Rain falling on construction sites, farmland, timberland, and bare earth becomes muddy with sediment. Golf courses, farms, home gardens, and lawns often add fertilizers and chemicals to storm water runoff. Septic tanks can contribute sewage to the runoff. And it all mixes together and flows away as nonpoint source pollution, sometimes called polluted runoff. This comprehensive 28-page publication provides answers to common questions—Where does stormwater go? Who's responsible for nonpoint source pollution? What can we do about polluted runoff?—as well as recommendations for avoiding excessive water use, properly disposing of animal waste, composting, and conserving energy. Includes extensive glossary of related terms and a table of additional community resources across Alabama.