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Runoff: The New Pollution


When the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, the big river pollution problems were industrial outfalls and raw sewage. Now, most of these are under control.

What’s left? NON-POINT SOURCE pollution— contaminants from all over the landscape– fertilizers, pesticides, detergents, motor oil, fluids from cars, road salt, soil eroding from damaged land, and so on.

This pollution enters rivers and streams as Stormwater Runoff in rain or snowmelt.
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