Berks County, Pennsylvania
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Stormwater runoff is generated from many different land surfaces and is impacted by the behaviors and activities of individuals, households, and the public. These common individual behaviors have the potential to generate stormwater pollution including:
· disposing of trash and recyclables,
· disposing of pet-waste,
· applying lawn-chemicals,
· washing cars,
· changing motor-oil, and
· disposing leftover paint and household chemicals.
Convincing others to change their behaviors and properly dispose of materials can control such pollution. It is important that the public be aware of the significance of their behavior and that their actions can either pollute or protect our waterways.
Phase II MS4s are required to educate their community on the pollution potential of common activities, and increase awareness of the direct links between land activities, rainfall-runoff, storm drains, and their local water resources. The education programs must include clear guidance on steps and specific actions to be taken to reduce stormwater pollution-potential.
The benefits of public education efforts cannot be understated, especially on topics such as "nonpoint source" or "stormwater" pollution.
MINIMUM CONTROL MEASURE #1
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH