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Source: Annie Spratt

How Ocean-Friendly Gardening Can Save Our Waterways

By Annie Mcbride

Stormwater runoff in urban areas is one of the biggest culprits of water pollution in the world. In fact, a city block produces five times the runoff of a wooded area of the exact same size.

The pollution has many sources: chemical fertilizers, pesticides, oil and gasoline on the roads, sediment from landscaping, sewage from outdated wastewater treatment facilities, cigarette butts and plastic cups... You name it, eventually anything that can get moved around by flowing water makes its way from land to sea.

That is, if there are no buffers like trees, plants, or marshes to slow it down, filter, or absorb it.