Protecting Oceans from Urban Storm Water Runoff
Natural Resources & Environment (NR&E), Vol. 21, No. 4, p. 36, Spring 2007
3 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2007
Urban storm water runoff - storm water flowing through cities to receiving waters - is a major contributor to coastal water quality problems. This short article, which appeared as part of a journal issue on the problem of storm water, describes the problems that storm water causes for ocean water quality and function; provides a brief overview of the regulatory mechanisms that can help to address ocean storm water contamination, especially the Clean Water Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act; and describes as a case study the Santa Monica Bay estuary in southern California.
Keywords: storm water, stormwater, ocean, coastal, Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, CZMA, pathogens, bacteria, Santa Monica Bay, estuary
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