In many towns and
cities, the water flowing into storm drains is
not treated before emptying into nearby waterbodies.
Many municipalities in suburban Maryland and Virginia, as well
as the District of Columbia, that border the Potomac River
are painting words like "No Dumping", "Drains
to the Potomac",
and "It Ends Up In The Bay", in large bright letters
across their storm drains. This reminds residents
in towns more than two hours away from the Chesapeake
Bay that their very own nonpoint wastes, no matter how small,
eventually contribute to polluting the great bay.