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12_NDP_CBF_1Polluted runoff after heavy rains in Baltimore City, Maryland. Photo by Neil Dampier/

Did you know that just one inch of rainfall on one acre of pavement creates 27,000 gallons of polluted runoff that, left untreated, flows directly into local creeks, rivers and the Bay? 

This runoff collects everything from fertilizer to weedkiller, resulting in a toxic cocktail of pollutants harmful to both humans and aquatic wildlife. It also erodes stream banks, destroys habitats, and leads to flooding.

That's why, just yesterday, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation released a polluted runoff report that explains how harmful polluted runoff is to the Chesapeake Bay region's ecology, economy, and health, and what we can do about it. We hope you will take a few moments to read it.

The above photo shows just how damaging polluted runoff can be, and what it can do to our health and the health of our rivers and streams. "I hope this image proves helpful in some small way to help in your efforts to raise awareness of the critical issues regarding water use and preservation in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed," says photographer Neil Dampier. 

—Emmy Nicklin, CBF's E-Communications Manager


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