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A Day at the Beach

Going to the beach is fun. Creating memories along the waters edge is a blast whether you are there with the family, a loved one, your best group of friends or just by yourself. But what if you went to the beach after it rained and you saw a sign that told you the water was too polluted to play in?

What Happens When it Rains?

Rain is an important part of nature's water cycle, but there are times it can do more damage than good. Problems related do to storm water runoff can include:

Flooding caused by to much storm water flowing over hardened surfaces such as roads and parking lots, instead of soaking into the ground.

Increases in spending on maintain storm drains and the storm sewer system that became clogged with excessive amounts of dirt and debris.

Decreases in sport fish population because storm water carries sediment and pollutants that degrade important habitats.

More expensive treatment technologies to remove harmful pollutants carried by storm water into our drinking water supplies.

 Closed lakes and beaches due to high levels of bacteria carried by storm water that make swimming unsafe.


 Learn more about...
How to Prevent Pollution

The Water Cycle
Thirstin's Water Cycle






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