What is Nonpoint Source Pollution

Nonpoint Source Pollution is a term for polluted runoff and other sources of water pollution that comes from numerous sources which makes it difficult to determine the exact origin. In contrast Point Source Pollution comes from well-defined discharges such as wastewater plant outfalls or industrial sites. These terms originated from the Clean Water Act (CWA) that regulates discharges to waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces the CWA and formed the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program to control and monitor nonpoint source and point source discharges in order to uphold the regulations set forth in the CWA.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What is polluted runoff?
3. What is Nonpoint Source Pollution
4. What causes polluted Stormwater Runoff?
5. Why do we need to manage stormwater and polluted runoff?
6. How is stormwater runoff "managed"?
7. Why all the recent fuss about stormwater?
8. If stormwater pollution only affects streams and creeks, why should I care?
9. How are stormwater fees used?
10. How does this benefit the average taxpayer?
11. Ten things you can do to prevent stormwater runoff erosion
12. How can I help reduce storwater pollution in my area?