Rainwater and melting snow runs over lawns, parking lots, and farm fields, through city streets and forests, picking up and carrying pollutants into our streams, rivers, and oceans. Many people don’t realize that their everyday activities contribute to the contamination of local water, which eventually builds up high pollution content in our coastal waters.
- 90% of Berks County drains to the Schuylkill River Watershed; 10% drains to Chesapeake Bay.
- Berks County makes up 40% of the entire Schuylkill River Watershed.
- Any pollutants from Berks County are washed down to Philadelphia and the Delaware River!
- There are 11 counties in Pennsylvania that are in the Schuylkill River Watershed
Because this polluted water runoff comes from many diverse sources and not from a single point (such as a pipe or an industry), it is called NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION.
Since Berks County is contained within the Schuylkill River watershed, which places us in a COASTAL ZONE. The PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) has teamed up with each coastal zone Conservation District to target Nonpoint Source Pollution reduction.
How Can I Make a Difference?
Water pollution affects everyone and everything. Many of today’s water quality problems are caused by activities on the land. By becoming aware of how our actions affect the environment, we can help reduce pollution. Below are links to some easy, everyday things you can do that will make a big difference: