Point Pollution


What is point pollution?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines point source pollution as “any single identifiable source of pollution from which pollutants are discharged, such as a pipe, ditch, ship or factory smokestack” http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/155279/

Onondaga Lake Superfund Sites

There are around 165,000 pounds of mercury and other contaminants to the lake. Disposed 80 million gallons of acid, tar-like wastes 400 feet from the lake. Extensive site investigation nearly complete. GM capped an on-site landfill and reduce pollution threats.

What is the difference between Non-point and Point Pollution?

Point Pollution- Is a chemical or other pollutant that flows into the environment from one specific point such as drain, smoke stack, or pipe. But Non Point Pollution is a chemical or other pollutant that flows into the environment as it is picked up runoff or other indirect sources such as fertilizers, pesticides, and waste.

Point Pollution

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Mud boil photo^

This picture above was taken by me (mike) at our mudboil field trip. This is an example of non-point pollution because it comes from sediment in the environment.
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Onondaga creek headwaters ^

On our field trip we also learned that Onondaga creek headwaters is the cleanest point of the creek/lake.