Tuesday, May 11, 2010

from THE expert

Controlling stormwater runoff volume critical to protecting creeks, rivers

"...The bottom line: The greater the volume of stormwater runoff, the more pollutants released into our estuaries. The best way to minimize the threat of development and the associated increases in stormwater runoff is to minimize the volume of stormwater discharged into creeks and rivers. The most effective way to minimize runoff is to minimize the amount of hard surfaces. This action will help sustain the health of our estuaries, as well as preserve the natural beauty and high quality of life that makes so many people desire to live in the Lowcountry. Most importantly it will also protect those who swim in these waters and eat the seafood our estuaries produce. We also must remember that when we use pesticides and fertilizer, some of these pollutants will wind up in our rivers and estuaries.

For detailed information on how stormwater runoff and hard surfaces affect water quality and public health and recommendations for avoiding and minimizing its impacts, go to www.scseagrant.org/pdf_files/tidal_creeks_booklet.pdf("Tidal Creek Habitats: Sentinels of Coastal Health"). "

Dr. Fred Holland is the former director of the Hollings Marine Laboratory and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Research Institute.

Read more: http://www.islandpacket.com/2010/05/11/1235533/controlling-stormwater-runoff.html#ixzz0ncccEiTd

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