Sources of Stormwater Pollution

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Sediment

Sediment is the #1 water pollutant in North Carolina. Learn more…


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Development

Development creates impervious surfaces, which increase stormwater runoff. Learn more…


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Bacteria

Fishing, boating, and swimming are all more dangerous in bacteria-contaminated waters. Learn more…


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Fertilizers

Fertilizers contribute to algae problems and fish kills in North Carolina’s waterways. Learn more…


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Vehicles

Stormwater runoff carries metal dust and toxic fluids to streams and rivers, where they can eventually become concentrated enough to disrupt aquatic ecosystems. Learn more…


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Chemicals and Metals

Chemicals and metals are serious pollutants, even in very small amounts. Learn more…


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Litter

Although it is not a conventional “pollutant,” litter is a serious problem in North Carolina. Learn more…