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Why decrease polluted stormwater runoff?

Polluted stormwater has many adverse effects on ground water, surface water bodies, and wildlife habitats.

When it rains, water runs off streets, parking lots, construction sites, and lawns and into ditches, gutters, and storm sewers.  This water picks up and carries pollutants and sediment as it travels and eventually ends up in our lakes and rivers without wastewater treatment.

Phosphorous pollution is a concern because in promotes weed and algae growth in lakes and streams.  Phosphorus compounds attach easily to soil particles.  This means sediment often carries phosphorus to water bodies.