Would you want to swim in automobile oil and cigarette butts? Surf in lawn pesticides and floating trash? Storm water runoff carries chemicals and waste into the ocean, causing some coastal areas to post access warnings after major rainstorms. We hear from Bridget Hoover, Water Quality Protection Program Director for Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Bridget talks about storm water runoff, and what you can do to reduce storm water pollution.
Everyday Action: Properly dispose of household products that contain chemicals, such as insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil and other auto fluids. Don’t pour them onto the ground or into storm drains.
For more information, please visit:
- Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Urban Runoff
- EPA Stormwater Actions
- Silent Oil Spill Campaign
- State Water Resources Control Board: Storm Water
- First Flush
- Areas of Special Biological Significance
- Thank You Ocean: Water Pollution
This Thank You Ocean Podcast was produced for the California Thank You Ocean Campaign by EarthNews Journal staff (Jerry Kay, Host and Chris Kay, Producer).