31 Jul '11, 11am

How often are U.S. #beaches required to test for pollution? NRDC's #beachwater #FAQ has the #facts:

Our beaches would be safer for swimming if they were cleaner. Federal, state and local governments should make beachwater pollution prevention a priority by requiring better controls on stormwater and sewage, the two largest known sources of pollution. One of the best ways to curb stormwater pollution is by implementing low-impact development techniques in communities to retain and filter rainwater where it falls and let it soak back into the ground, rather than allowing it to overflow into waterways. This includes strategically placed rain gardens in yards, tree boxes along city sidewalks, green roofs, and permeable pavement. By capturing and storing stormwater in rain barrels or cisterns, we can also reuse it for irrigation or other non-potable uses.

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/faq.asp

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