Nonpoint Source Pollution (PAS 476)

A Handbook for Local Governments

By Sanjay Jeer, Megan Lewis, Stuart Meck, Jon Witten, Michelle Zimet

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Fresh water is one of our nation's most precious resources. Not only do we drink it, but we water food with it and use it for recreation. However, it is being threatened by nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution is caused by water collecting pollutants on or in the ground as it migrates to lakes, rivers, or aquifers. In the worst case, the water becomes completely unusable.

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Nov. 1, 1997
APA Planning Advisory Service

About the Authors

Sanjay Jeer

Megan Lewis

Stuart Meck

Jon Witten

Michelle Zimet

Table of Contents


1. Hydrologic resources in watersheds
Watershed hydrology • Places where water is stored • Lakes and ponds • Lake stratification • Groundwater • Coastal watersheds • Hydrology summary

2. Nonpoint source pollution
Sources of Contamination • Contaminant fate and transport • Water quality impacts of nonpoint source pollution

3. Controlling nonpoint source pollution: Four case studies
Best management practices • Case studies

4. Model ordinances with commentary
A model water resource protection ordinance • A model residential cluster development ordinance

Methods for determining aquifer characteristics • Rhode Island water-quality classification • Land uses and appropriate BMPs • Water quality checklist for reviewing development plans • Answer key for lake exercise • Glossary • References and bibliography