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Hitting the beach this summer? So is car grease and oil, cigarette butts, human and animal waste—all the pollution that stormwater can move.
It’s disgusting, and it’s the biggest known cause of beach closures and swimming advisories every year. Stormwater runoff also overloads many older sewer systems and sends sewage spilling into our waterways.
New rules would reduce runoff and prevent it from contaminating waterways by naturally filtering stormwater into the ground or letting it evaporate. The Environmental Protection Agency was supposed to propose improvements to modernize its stormwater regulations in June—but it hasn’t. Tell the EPA to put limits on stormwater runoff and keep our beaches safe.
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