Great information to help keep our streams and rivers clean and healthy.
It’s a pretty common belief that the water in our storm drains is filtered or treated before it makes its way into our rivers and lakes.
The truth is, it’s not.
When we dump harsh chemicals on our lawns and dispose of toxic substances via storm drains, harmful pollutants enter our waterways, killing fish, destroying wildlife habitats, decreasing aesthetic value and contaminating the water we boat in, swim in – and drink. It’s a risk to our environment. . . and a risk to our health.
Using grant funding provided by the State of Nebraska and administered by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, the Nebraska Stormwater Cooperative is working to raise awareness and offer alternatives to storm drain dumping through our Nebraska H20 program. Almost half of U.S. waterbodies fail to meet water quality standards. It’s our goal to change this– to protect our waters and improve the health of our citizens and wildlife.