Water Pollution Prevention Hot Topics
If dirt is natural, how can it be a pollutant? Dirt can move through the air and by land. Nutrients and other pollutants attach themselves to dirt particles. These can dissolve into water and cause algal blooms.
Even if there are no dirt attachments, the presence of dirt can fill the water column, causing it to look cloudy or turbit, and prevents sunlight from reaching submersed aquatic vegetation.
Yard waste contributes nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, which cause unwanted and uncontrolled growth of algae and aquatic weeds! Algae can lead to the deoxygenation of water with a detrimental effect on pond life.
What we put down the stormdrain will eventually end up in places like Lake Tohopekaliga, East Lake Tohopekaliga, Alligator Lake, and more.
Pet waste, when left on the ground, may be washed into storm sewers by rain, leading into our lakes. The waste then decays, carrying diseases, using up oxygen, and sometimes releasing ammonia. It also contains nutrients that encourage weed and algae growth.
What to do with pet poo? Scoop it, bag it, trash it. Or, flush it down the toilet (unless you have a septic system).
Unlike household waste water that enters sewers or septic systems and undergoes treatment before it is discharged into the environment, car washing run off goes right into storm drains, and eventually into rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands. This water can be loaded with gasoline, oil, and residues from exhaust fumes, as well as harsh detergents, and can wreak havoc on our ecosystem.
On the other hand, federal law in the U.S. require commercial carwash facilities to drain their wastewater into sewer systems, so it gets treated before it is discharged back into the great outdoors.
If you must wash your car at home, choose a biodegradable soap specifically formulated for automotive parts, such as Simple Green's Car Wash or Gliptone's Wash 'n Glow. Or you can make your own biodegradable car wash.