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The Importance of Rewriting Storm Water Regulations

Danielle Nielsen

Goochland High School

Abstract

This paper observes the negative and harmful effects of water pollution and storm water runoff on the environment and the surrounding community. The most common form of water pollution is sediment runoff. It then goes on to explain the research and effectiveness of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and their positive effects. BMPs are conservation practices that can preserve or improve the state of the environment. The argument stated in this essay refers to the use of storm water regulations in the United States. Most regulations are too strict to allow for any conservation practices because they can be very costly and ineffective if carried out improperly. If the storm water regulations are rewritten to allow for BMPs, then the state of commercial and non-commercial water sources could be greatly improved.

The Importance of Rewriting Storm Water Regulations

Think about all the bodies of water on our planet. Every river, lake, stream, and is essential to the way our world functions. Unfortunately, our society has done very little to preserve these water sources and as a result, our rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans are suffering from many forms of pollution. Every oil spill, discarded water bottle, and obstructive dam continually add to our already-polluted waters, and very little is being done to reverse this problem. The most prominent issue being studied today is storm water runoff. The collection of fine sediments, chemicals, and debris, are a serious pollution concern. Many solutions and technologies have already been developed, but the number one controversy that is holding us back is storm water regulations. Storm water regulations are the basic guidelines that all states follow when constructing storm drains and other runoff structures as well as controlling the pollutants that are discharged from water treatment plants (CLW, 2004), but they limit the actions needed to reduce the runoff pollution. In order to fix the mess our society has made with urbanization and waterway pollution, storm water regulations must be changed to allow for new solutions and technologies that deal with sediment pollution and storm water runoff.

Every household needs water. It's a basic necessity. We use it for laundry, cooking, lawns and plants, personal hygiene, drinking, dishes, and so on. For this very reason, it is important that the water we use is of good quality. The contamination of water sources affects all aspects of life from heath care to limitations of commercial water use. If we used the same murky water for cleaning as we do for consumption, then our health would deteriorate quickly, causing a large chain of disastrous events. The government puts a lot of emphasis on maintaining the cleanliness of commercial water. There are hundreds of regulations regarding the use and treatment of commercial water sources, but for some apparent reason, water pollution is still a prominent issue. Almost every household has some problem with hard or soft water. Hard water is water with excess nutrients and minerals, whereas soft water is the reverse. Because of this, families are buying filters or bottled water, causing a different chain of events regarding litter pollution. No matter the reason for our consumption of water, it will affect something else, which is why we need to make sure the quality of our water should be in the best shape possible. Another reason our water sources are deteriorating quickly is the public's lack of awareness. The average American citizen can say very little about our issue of water pollution, and even less about ways to prevent it. This makes it more difficult for the people to practice safe water management habits. When the common masses know nothing about the contamination of water sources, it will be even harder for them to be corrected.

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