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Ever wonder what happens to a drop of rain after it falls? There's a good chance a raindrop that falls in the city will quickly pick up pollutants, slip into a storm sewer, and travel to surrounding waterways. Water is the bringer of life and necessary for survival, but because of the way we have built our cities, rain and snowmelt pose a serious problem to the health of our rivers and lakes. Polluted water in turn, impacts the health and welfare of plants and animals, including humans.
Water moves quickly across impermeable surfaces, picks up pollutants and dumps them into our rivers and lakes. Many of these pollutants arise from everyday practices that we often overlook.
Costs associated with stormwater in the urban environment are astronomical. Cost factors include: washed out roads, flooded basements, poisoned wildlife, habitat destruction and waterborne disease.
Crumbling infrastructure and increased development have forced governments at all levels to take a second look at stormwater management and water pollution control.
The solution to many of these problems lies with retaining, filtering and using water in your yard before it ever leaves your lot. Five Things You Can Do gives details on some of the things you can do to protect our rivers.
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Toronto's Water Pollution Solution is the City's long-term plan to protect our environment and sustain healthy rivers, streams and other water bodies from the adverse effects of stormwater.