100% of stormwater that runs off into creeks, the Delta, and the Bay is untreated. Water pollution impacts the community in many ways.
- Metals and other toxins from contaminated runoff are absorbed into the flesh of fish and shellfish, making them dangerous to eat.
- Bacteria, parasites, and chemical toxins can contaminate recreation areas and drinking water, causing major illnesses and sometimes death.
- If the development of cities continues without care and management of pollution of our County’s watersheds, there is the potential that much of our aquatic life including marine mammals, fish, crustaceans, and amphibians may die off, and entire ecosystems could be destroyed. There is also the potential that our drinking water sources could become so contaminated they may be rendered unusable.