Polluted Runoff—Finding Solutions

  • Solutions: Municipal Stormwater Systems

    Under the Clean Water Act, cities and urban areas must obtain permits that limit the amount of pollution they are allowed to discharge through their storm sewer systems

  • Solutions: Construction

    The best strategy for reducing runoff pollution combines four elements: prevention - planning and zoning; design, construction, and post-construction; enforcement; and retrofits.

  • Solutions: Community Projects

    There are several proven strategies communities can implement to absorb runoff and reduce the risk of routine flooding and damage from polluted runoff.

  • Solutions: Agriculture

    Conservation practices are tools that farmers can use to reduce soil and fertilizer runoff, properly manage animal waste, and protect water and air quality on their farms.

  • A Little City with Big Plans to Minimize Stormwater Pollution

    Lancaster is upgrading Pennsylvania's 1st wastewater treatment plant to meet nutrient-removal requirements, plus retrofitting streets, parks, and other areas to reduce stormwater runoff.

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