Non-Point Source (NPS) Pollution
Non-point source pollution is the accumulation of pollutants over a broad area that are released into the water by runoff. The pollutants are created by a variety of diffuse sources and activities that occur over the land, rather than at a single, identifiable location.
Types of NPS pollutants include:
- Nutrients - Fertilizer and pesticides from lawns or farms
- Organic wastes - From manure and sewage
- Pathogens - Bacteria and viruses
- Salt - From irrigation and acid-mine drainage
- Sediment - From erosion of unprotected lands
- Toxins - Airborne chemicals, oils, and metals
If you have questions, comments, or want to report a stormwater or NPS pollution problem, please contact the Stormwater Management
at (540) 772-2096.