DALLAS -- Louisiana is receiving $2,262,000 to address the most prevalent type of water pollution in the state and across the nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the grant to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to prevent storm water runoff or rainfall water pollution. The project will enable Louisiana to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act by implementing the Nonpoint Source Management Plan.
Runoff or nonpoint source water pollution happens when contaminants are carried into rivers, lakes, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters. The source of the pollution may come from lawn fertilizers, improperly managed construction sites, or oil and grease from highways. However, nonpoint source pollution does not include agriculture storm water discharges.
EPA encourages households to purchase detergents and cleaners that are low in phosphorous to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into our lakes, streams and coastal waters. EPA also recommends washing vehicles on grassy areas or a gravel driveway to prevent runoff.
Additional information on EPA grants: http://www.epa.gov/region6/gandf/index.htm