The Baykeeper team works to stop pollution at its source by reducing pollution flowing from agricultural, construction, and industrial sites. We also try to stop rainwater from transporting pollutants from roads, lawns, buildings, and farms into streams, rivers, and bays (polluted runoff is also called stormwater).
Stormwater is widely recognized as the greatest pollution threat to Puget Sound. Because it is dispersed and pervasive, stormwater pollution is particularly difficult to curtail. RE Sources has focused the majority of our pollution prevention work on stormwater pollution. We approach this issue from several fronts.
Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Trainings for Industries
The Baykeeper Team is offering a series of trainings for industries on how to manage stormwater. This program is called Stormwater University. See a sample training presentation here.
Pollution Prevention Opportunities
Derelict nets, oil and gas sheens, plastic debris, and over-water maintenance activities are best found while out on the water. Boaters--paddle, power, or sail--are in the best position to discover and report pollution issues. Find out how you can identify pollution problems and what to do about them.
The Baykeeper is actively engaged in the development of policies and regulations affecting stormwater issues. These include commenting on the development of discharge permits and engaging in technical working groups that focus on the development of county based policies, such as critical areas ordinances focusing on livestock waste and construction practices.
Field Investigation and Enforcement
Between the hundreds of construction sites and industrial facilities in Whatcom and Skagit counties and the government agencies who rely almost entirely on quarterly reports submitted by the facilities, RE Sources’ Pollution Prevention Specialist closes the gap by visiting area industrial, construction, and agricultural sites and reporting concerns to the appropriate agencies.
Introduction to Stormwater Pollution Prevention (PDF)
Interested in learning how to save money, protect water quality, and reduce flooding?
Attend one of our Stormwater University Workshops.
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