runoff and the case for limiting or eliminating the use of chemical
pesticides and fertilizers
beaches or shellfishing areas are closed by the NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation, it is usually following a heavy rainstorm.
That is mainly because stormwater from rain or melting snow turns
into runoff that doesn't soak into the ground but runs off into waterways.
Instead, it flows from rooftops, over paved areas and bare soil, and
through sloped lawns while picking up a variety of materials on its
way, according to the DEC.
Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen can promote the overgrowth
of algae, deplete oxygen in the waterway and be harmful to other aquatic
life. Toxic chemicals from automobiles, sediment from construction
activities and careless application of pesticides, herbicides and
fertilizers threaten the health of the receiving waterway and can
kill fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria from animal wastes and
illicit connections to sewerage systems can make nearby lakes and
bays unsafe for wading, swimming and the propagation of edible shellfish.
More ways we can all help keep our waterways clean, such as leaving
waste in an approved pumpout station or waste receptacle facility,
can be found on the