NOAA Ocean Service Education banner
  Back



" "

Return to Nonpoint Source Pollution: Urban and Suburban Areas

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.

no dumping sign

 

(top)