Pollution Sources:
Automobile
Residents
Agriculture
Urban
Construction
Businesses
Storm Drains

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Residential Pollution

Causes:
Household Pollutants
Fertilizers, weed killer, insecticides, and fungicides, loose grass clippings and leaves, soil from exposed areas in the yard, pet droppings, poorly maintained septic systems, detergents from washing your car, common household cleaners, improper disposal of paint, oil and other chemicals.
Effects:
dead fish
Soil in runoff carries contaminants that smothers and kills aquatic life. Fertilizers, car exhaust and detergents cause explosive plant and algae growth, which depletes water of oxygen, sick guykilling fish and animals as well as creating a terrible smell. Loose grass clippings and leaves also add to this and clog drainage systems. Pet droppings and septic tank overflows can cause diseases like dysentery, hepatitis and parasite infections by getting into drinking water and recreation areas. Oil, paint, cleaning supplies and other toxic materials from cars and batteries contaminate drinking water and kill fish, animals and plants.
Solutions:

Sweeping Debris

Leaves Compost

Dog Droppings


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