Drinking Water Stormwater pollution can impact our surface waters which directly impacts the source of our drinking water. Water is a staple in our daily lives. We use it for drinking, washing our clothes, showering, watering our lawns and more. As pollution continues to impact drinking water supplies, there will be continued efforts to test and treat contaminants, leading to increasing prices for clean and safe drinking water.
Urban development can alter aquatic habitat by polluting water,
changing water temperature, degrading in-stream and riparian habitat,
and altering the natural flow of rivers and streams. Water pollution
creates an unhealthy environment for habitat and wildlife that live in
and around waterways. The erosion of sediment into rivers and streams
can be detrimental to fish and other aquatic life that need gravel and
rocks to spawn and rear their young (i.e. fish and frogs). Sediment can
also fill in pools that are an important part of fish habitat.
pollution is a serious problem for wildlife dependent on our waterways
and for the people who live near polluted rivers, lakes and streams. It
can cause a decline in fish populations, disturb habitats and limit
water recreation activities. E. Coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria from
human and animal waste is often carried in polluted stormwater runoff
posing a threat to humans and the overall health of the ecosystem.
Quality of Life Uncontrolled
stormwater pollution affects the way a stream or other water body looks
and smells, making it unpleasant to be near. This can impact the
quality of life for everyone living in and around a community. Increased
nutrients, usually from fertilizers, may cause algae blooms,
particularly on ponds and small lakes. These algae blooms not only make
the pond look bad, they choke out the other vegetation and aquatic life.
Trash and debris in the drainage system can lead to foul odors and may
attract rats and other pests. Large amounts of sediment can harm the
quality of life and reduce opportunities for recreation due to infilling
of creeks, ponds and lakes. If trash reaches the stream, it ruins the
beauty for everyone.