Surface and Storm Water
Nonpoint Source Pollution 

USMC firing range, Afghanistan.


Nonpoint Source pollution is unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants.  It comes from many different sources.  Nonpoint source pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground.  As the runoff travels, it picks up and carries away man made pollutants, topsoil oil, grease, sediment, and other harmful materials.  These dangerous materials are then deposited into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and even underground sources of drinking water.

The Water Resources Program conducts surface water investigations at firing ranges, impact areas, and field training sites.  The Water Resources Program works with states, localities, and facilities to establish best management practices for nonpoint source pollution. 

A general principle for nonpoint source pollution is to remember:

  • Avoidance
  • Minimization
  • Compensation
     
For more information regarding nonpoint source pollution please contact us.

  

References:

USEPA Clean Water Act Link to external website.