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The Stormwater Runoff Crossword Challenge - ANSWERS

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1) The area of land that drains into an estuary, lake, stream, or underground water is known as a WATERSHED.

4) The WAKES of speeding boats can erode shorelines.

5) Maintaining your SEPTIC tank will help to prevent bacteria and nutrients from leaking into groundwater and surface waters.

7) Wetland plants act like a natural water FILTER, removing harmful pollutants from stormwater runoff.

8) Leave your grass clippings on your LAWN to reduce the need for commercial fertilizers.

9) A single quart of motor OIL, if disposed of improperly, can pollute 2 million gallons of water.

10) Fertilizers and animal wastes contain NUTRIENTS that “feed” algae and other aquatic plants harmful to water quality.

12) Polluted runoff from both rural and URBAN sources has a significant impact on water quality.

16) Storm DRAINS don’t always connect to sewage treatment plants, so runoff can flow directly to rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

18) Follow directions carefully when applying FERTILIZER on your lawn – more isn’t always better.

19) Polluted runoff (also called NONPOINT source pollution) comes from so many places that it’s hard to “pinpoint” a source.

20) Yard and vegetable food waste are suitable additions to a COMPOST pile.

2) Don’t dump used motor oil into storm drains. RECYCLE it!

3) EROSION of soil from barren land can cloud nearby streams.

4) WETLANDS prevent flooding, improve water quality, and provide habitat for waterfowl, fish, and wildlife.

5) Marking “Do Not Dump, Drains to Bay” on a STORMDRAIN is one way to educate people about polluted runoff.

6) Excess sediment, nutrients, toxics, and pathogens are all types of runoff POLLUTION.

11) Polluted RUNOFF is the nation’s #1 water quality problem.

13) The cattail is one wetland PLANT that helps purify polluted runoff.

14) Too much SEDIMENT in water can harm aquatic life.

15) Proper crop and animal management on FARMS helps to control water pollution.

17) LOW impact development helps control stormwater pollution through conservation approaches and techniques