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Apr. 18, 2016 The Seattle Times

Stormwater detox: Pollution solutions are within reach


The health of Puget Sound is threatened, and the time to act is now. 

The most challenging threat emanates from activities most of us do every day: commuting, gardening, walking our dogs and maintaining our vehicles. All of this is exacerbated by something we have a lot of around here: rainfall.
Copper and other heavy-metal dust that settles onto road surfaces ends up in our local stormwater. Runoff includes oil, grease, antifreeze and other fluids that leak from cars onto parking lots or are spilled during routine maintenance. Fertilizers, pesticides and harmful bacteria from failing septic tanks and pet waste also wind up in stormwater.

Stormwater runoff is the No. 1 source of pollution affecting Puget Sound and one-third of Washington state’s waters. Untreated stormwater damages the health of fish, shellfish and marine mammals that depend on clean water.

Recent research shows that polluted stormwater can be lethal to salmon in a matter of hours.

To read the full article visit The Seattle Times, Stormwater detox: Pollution solutions are within reach.