Glynn County Clean Water Welcome to the Glynn County Clean Water Website, your source for information on how you can be part of the "Solution to Storm Water Pollution."
What is Storm Water Run-Off?
Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent storm water from naturally soaking into the ground.
Why is Storm Water Run-Off a Problem?
Storm water can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, creek, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies that we use for swimming, fishing, and other forms of recreation.
What are the Effects of Pollution?
- Polluted storm water runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.
- Sediment can cloud the water and make it difficult or impossible for aquatic plants to grow. Sediment also can destroy aquatic habitats.
- Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms. When algae die, they sink to the bottom and decompose in a process that removes oxygen from the water. Fish and other aquatic organisms can’t exist in water with low dissolved oxygen levels.
- Bacteria and other pathogens can wash into swimming areas and create health hazards, often making beach closures necessary.
- Debris—plastic bags, six-pack rings, bottles, and cigarette butts—washed into water bodies can choke, suffocate, or disable aquatic life like ducks, fish, turtles, and birds.
- Household hazardous wastes like insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, used motor oil, and other auto fluids can poison aquatic life. Land animals and people can become sick or die from eating diseased fish and shellfish or ingesting polluted water.
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OTHER EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
- “Freddy the Fish Teaches About Stormwater” is a fun 4-minute video teaching young kids about stormwater, non-point source pollution, and its effects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjPfLhJbdc0