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A Pullman Partnership: Not Wishy-Washy about Preventing Stormwater Pollution

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13-10-023May 2013
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Author(s) Snouwaert, Elaine
Description Each summer, charity carwashes pop up at various locations around the cities and towns we live in. These events are important fundraising opportunities supported by the local community. But what happens to all that grime and sudsy water flowing across the parking lot? If that dirty, sudsy water flows into a storm drain, there is a good chance it flows directly into a nearby stream. All the oils, fluids, and dirt on the cars can end up degrading the stream’s water quality, harming the fish and insects living there. Technically that sudsy car wash water running into a catch basin is an illicit discharge. But no city wants to shut down a charity carwash, so Pullman sought a solution that would allow the carwashes to continue without dirty water entering nearby streams.
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