What Is Nonpoint Source Pollution?
Nonpoint source pollution comes from various land use practices, air pollutants and daily human activities. Unlike specific points such as factory discharge pipes, nonpoint source pollution comes from many different spots.

Nonpoint source pollutants include nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, leaking septic tanks, sediment, pesticides, salt, construction site erosion, forestry operations, animal waste, trace metals and toxic chemicals. Individually, these pollutants may not be a major concern, but taken as a whole, they can result in widespread water quality problems that will need to be addressed.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. Why do I need to be concerned about stormwater runoff?
3. My property is adjacent to a storm water pond and I don’t like all the tall grass and wildflowers surrounding it. Can I mow it down and do my own landscaping?
4. Who’s in charge of stormwater management?
5. What are Best Management Practices (BMPs)?
6. What Is Nonpoint Source Pollution?
7. What do all the abbreviations mean?