When rain or other precipitation runs off to a new location, it usually picks up a lot of gunk along the way. In fact, an estimated 10 trillion gallons of untreated stormwater runoff, containing everything from raw sewage to trash to toxins, enters U.S. waterways from city sewer systems every year. This polluted water can ruin water quality, erode streambanks, and cause algal blooms that devastate marine ecosystems. And with climate change causing more extreme rains, the stormwater issue is poised to get even worse. Today, we explore the problems caused by stormwater, how they affect our economy and health, and how to better manage stormwater moving forward. With special guest Dr. Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman: Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland.
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Writers: Olivia Amitay, Maddy Schmidt, Ethan Brown
Fact Checker: Isabel Plower
Editor: Frank Hernandez
Producers: Olivia Amitay, Ethan Brown, Megan Crimmins, Shannon Damiano, Frank Hernandez, Dain Kim, Caroline Koehl
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Music: Brett Sawka
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