October 18th marked the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, passed in response to the then-unchecked pollution affecting waterways around the U.S. Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers tested the quality of the water at Carroll Creek with 5th grade students from Parkway Elementary School, located in Frederick. The creek eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay, one of the waterways the Clean Water Act was designed to improve.
The article on Nonpoint Source Pollution examines one of the leading causes of pollution in Maryland’s waterways like the Chesapeake Bay. It also provides examples of steps we can reflect on and take each day to improve our own conduct and impact on waterways.
Deeper Reading: Nonpoint Source Pollution: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/whatis.cfm