Where does nonpoint source pollution come from?
In urban and residential area, nonpoint sources include: people who over apply pesticides and fertilizers oil and grease from parking lots people who dump paint, oil and other substances down the storm drains soil from alleys and road ditches soil from constructions sites people who improperly dispose of leaves and grass In rural areas, nonpoint sources include: improperly maintained septic tanks soil erosion from farm fields and livestock trampling the stream banks manure from cropland, barnyards or livestock in the stream What you can do! Nonpoint source pollution should be a concern of every Michigan resident. Our individual actions do have a significant impact on water quality. You can start today to be a part of the solution to nonpoint source pollution. Here are some things you can do to help: Apply the proper amount of fertilizer. A soil test will tell you if your lawn needs fertilizer. Call your county Extension Agent for additional information. Don’t apply fertilizer at times