The North Coast Stormwater Coalition’s (NCSWC) Non-Point Source (NPS) Pollution Prevention Program

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Location: Cities of Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and the Unincorporated Communities of McKinleyville and Shelter Cove
Humboldt County, CA
Cooperating Agencies: Natural Resources Services Division of RCAA, Cities of Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, and Humboldt County
Funding Sources: State Water Resources Control Board

Nonpoint source pollution, also known as runoff or stormwater pollution, is the leading cause of water quality problems for communities and the environment. Polluted water can cause serious health risks for people, plants, and wildlife. This type of pollution occurs when runoff water flows over the ground and collects pollutants (bacteria, toxic chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, trash) as it travels to a local waterway. Polluted runoff can occur from everyday household activities, as well as, activities associated with the agricultural, timber, and industrial industries. Preventing soapy water from a car wash from entering storms drains, picking-up and properly disposing of pet waste, throwing cigarette butts in the trash, and taking used motor oil to a recycling facility are a few ways that we can held reduce nonpoint source pollution in our communities.

The NCSWC’s NPS Pollution Prevention Program represents a three-year strategy to reduce the discharge of pollutants from runoff, sediment sources, and municipal storm drain systems of the Cities of Arcata, Eureka, and Fortuna, and the unincorporated communities of McKinleyville and Shelter Cove. The Program is a collaboration between RCAA, the Cities of Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, and the County of Humboldt, and other North Coast Stormwater Coalition members. The program includes, but is not limited to, installation of stormwater controls, BMP trainings targeting business/industry sectors identified as the largest contributors to polluted runoff, NPS pollution public education and outreach, and other Phase II NPDES Stormwater implementation programs/projects.

For more information about the NCSWC please visit their website.

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Last updated: August 29, 2007