Land Controversy: Nonpoint Source Pollution

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Nonpoint source pollution is generally from land runoff. NPS pollution is caused from rainfall or snow melting and moving over the ground. As the run-off moves over the ground, it picks up and carries away natural and human made pollutants. These pollutants end up being deposited into lakes,rivers,wetlands,oceans and ground waters.

Some examples of NPS pollution are excess fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides. Oil, grease, and toxic chemicals from human use are also examples of NPS pollution. Bacteria and nutrients from livestock and pet wastes and faulty septic systems are also considered NPS pollution. NPS pollution is a very important issue because it is very damaging to the earth and is the leading cause of water quality problems.

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