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Gas, Oil, and other Hydrocarbons

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Hydrocarbons

Why should I care?

Some hydrocarbon pollutants, such as PAHs, can result in negative health impacts to humans and wildlife.

How do hydrocarbon pollutants enter our lakes and streams?

Potential sources for hydrocarbon pollutants include:

Most petroleum hydrocarbon pollutants are transported by stormwater runoff, which washes the contaminants from roads, driveways, and parking lots into the nearest storm drain or stream. However, some of these pollutants also enter the water via motorized watercraft.

What can I do to help?

Reduce your vehicle use in the watershed and carpool, take the bus, or ride your bike!

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