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Water Pollution

Why is there still water that's too dirty for swimming, fishing or drinking? Why are native species of plants and animals disappearing from many rivers, lakes, and coastal waters?

The United States has made tremendous advances in the past 25 years to clean up the aquatic environment by controlling pollution from industries and sewage treatment plants. Unfortunately, we did not do enough to control pollution from diffuse, or nonpoint, sources. Today, nonpoint source (NPS) pollution remains the Nation's largest source of water quality problems.

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Pollution poisons and deforms fish and other animals, unbalances ecosystems and causes a reduction in biodiversity.

Ultimately, these effects take their toll on human life. Drinking water sources become contaminated, causing sickness and disease. Pollutants accumulate in food, making it dangerous or inedible. The presence of these toxic substances in our food and water can also can lead to reproductive problems and neurological disorders. EPA studies and monitors the effects of water pollution and uses this information to set healthy emissions standards and enforce environmental regulations. --U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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NPDES Order No. R8-2009-0030:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/santaana/board_decisions/adopted_orders/orders/2009/09_030_OC_MS4_as_amended_by_10_062.pdf

Model Water Quality Management Plan:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/santaana/water_issues/programs/stormwater/docs/ocpermit/wqmp/2011/2011-03-22_Model_WQMP.pdf

Technical Guidance Documents:

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/santaana/water_issues/programs/stormwater/docs/ocpermit/wqmp/2011/OC_TGD_3-22-11.pdf

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/santaana/water_issues/programs/stormwater/docs/ocpermit/wqmp/2011/OC_TGD_Appendices_3-22-2011.pdf

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/santaana/water_issues/programs/stormwater/docs/ocpermit/wqmp/2011/OC_TGD_Appendix_XVI_Figures.pdf

Helpful Links:

State Water Resources Control Board: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/

Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/santaana/

Orange County Water Pollution Prevention: http://www.ocwatersheds.com/