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While raw sewage in our waterways poses health risks for people, polluted stormwater runoff also has a big impact on water quality. Rain lands on streets, yards, and other places, where it collects pollution such as:
Those pollutants run off with the rain into the local waterway.
Seattle Public Utilities completed a long-range plan and comprehensive strategy to protect Seattle’s waterways. The plan:
The plan describes how SPU will meet the requirements of the consent decree agreed to with federal regulators. This will enable the City of Seattle to comply with the Clean Water Act and state regulations, protect our waterways, and sustain our quality of life.
Glossary of terms (pdf)