Did You Know?
Stormwater pollution is the #1 source of water pollution in the United States.
Polluted stormwater runoff is the #1 threat to North Carolina’s water quality.
More total water pollution in North Carolina comes from runoff in developed areas than factories.
In North Carolina, 364,732 acres of shellfish beds have been closed due to bacteria, with 90% of the areas closed due to stormwater runoff pollution.
One inch of rain falling on a one-acre parking lot produces 16 times more runoff by volume than the same inch of rain falling on a one-acre meadow.
North Carolina has 17 river basins, 320 miles of beach, the nation’s second-largest estuary (Albemarle-Pamlico sound), and more than 4,000 miles of shoreline.
Stormwater pollution has endangered several species of freshwater mussels in our state.
Excess algae hinders boating areas and increases the cost of drinking water treatment. Algae is caused by nutrient pollution, and fertilizer is the main source of nutrients in our waterways.
Making a few changes in our daily lives can significantly reduce the amount of pollutants we contribute to stormwater runoff.
Storm drains carry untreated water directly into our creeks and streams. Dirt, litter, dog poop, or motor oil on the ground or in a ditch can end up in our water with just one rain event!
You can help reduce stormwater pollution by picking up after your pets. Pet waste pollutes water with nutrients and bacteria.
Picking up after dogs helps protect swimmers from the fecal coliform, giardia, and salmonella bacteria contained in dog feces.
Fewer than half of American dog owners pick up after their pets.
One gallon of motor oil can contaminate one MILLION gallons of water.
One quart of motor oil can create an oil slick two acres in size!
Measured in acres, lawns would be the fifth largest U.S crop (after corn, soy, wheat, and hay).
Runoff pollution is water originating from rain, snowmelt, hoses, or pipes that picked up pollution as it traveled over roofs, land, and paved surfaces.
Stormwater contains dirt, motor oil from roads and driveway, pet feces, fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, de-icing agents, soaps, and litter.
40% of U.S. rivers and streams are too polluted for fishing or swimming.
The NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services will test your soil for FREE to determine how much fertilizer you need to apply (call 919-733-2655).
The # 1 pollutant in stormwater by volume is sediment.
On average, each American uses 448 gallons of motor oil in a lifetime.
Septic systems must be checked every year and pumped every 3 to 5 years. Many homeowners with septic tanks don’t know they have them!
Sediment, which smothers aquatic life and transports pathogens and pollutants, is the #1 pollutant of North Carolina streams.
In North Carolina, more than one-third of water pollution comes from urban runoff.
An average-sized dog dropping contains three billion fecal coliform bacteria.
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