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GLIN==> New video on polluted urban runoff available

Note: This publication is from Oregon State University but the topic has
national significance/interest.

For Immediate Release


Is the water that flows from your tap safe to drink?  Are the fish you buy
or catch safe to eat?  Can you recreate in nearby rivers, lakes, or streams
without facing serious health hazards?

Residents of towns and cities across America are facing these questions with
greater frequency, as growing populations, sprawling development, and
pollution threaten the purity of our fresh water supplies.

In an effort to help communities deal with these issues, the Oregon State
University Extension Service has produced a new video entitled "After the
Rain: Urban Runoff."

"This program explores the importance of water, the pressures our towns and
cities are placing on this precious resource, and ways that individuals can
protect local drinking water supplies," says Ron Miner, OSU Extension
Service water quality specialist.  "The video should prove useful to anyone
who is concerned about drinking water safety and improving the natural world
around us."

For years, industry and inadequate wastewater treatment plants were the
primary polluters of surface and ground water.  They continue to play a
role, but it may surprise you to learn that individuals are now the main

"Do you drive a car?  Have you fertilized your lawn or garden lately?  Do
you leave pet waste where it can wash into nearby streams, storm drains, or
ground water?" asks Miner.  "Most people do not understand that these
seemingly harmless activities are polluting our fresh water supplies."

"After the Rain: Urban Runoff" (VTP 029) costs $19.95 (including shipping)
per copy.  Send your request and check or money order payable to Oregon
State University to: Publication Orders, Extension & Experiment Station
Communications, Oregon State University, 422 Kerr Administration Building,
Corvallis, OR  97331-2119.  Further information about the video and other
water-related educational materials is available on the Web at

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