What is in runoff?

Runoff carries pollutants into local waterways, such as:

  • Chemicals
  • Dirt
  • Fertilizers
  • Metals
  • Oil
  • Trash

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "a typical city block generates more than 5 times more runoff than a woodland area of the same size." Not only is there more runoff from developed areas, but there is also a significant increase in both the amount and variety of pollutants in that runoff.

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1. What Is runoff?
2. What is in runoff?
3. What can I do to minimize runoff?