Every time it rains water runs off all hard surfaces – driveways, roofs, streets, shopping centers, churches, schools, & parking lots – washing fertilizer, pesticides, chemicals, oil, pet waste, and sediment into our creeks and streams.
An inch of rain falling on an acre of hard surface can produce 27,000 gallons of stormwater runoff, flushing sediment and toxins directly into our waterways.
Stormwater runoff contributes greatly to dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay – killing fish, oysters, and other creatures which live there. The pollutants from runoff trigger excess algae growth in warm months, fueling toxic organisms that can cause infections that attack human flesh. The following videos tell real stories of people and animals who’s lives have been changed forever because of exposure to polluted water in the Chesapeake Bay.