So now that we know what storm water pollution is, how about we take a look at a video that talks about some of the ways it enters our water supply. The EPA's video, After the Stormhighlights three case studies - Santa Monica Bay, the Mississippi River Basin/Gulf of Mexico, and New York City- where polluted runoff threatens watersheds highly valued for recreation, commercial fisheries and navigation, and drinking water. Key scientists, water quality experts, and citizens involved in local and national watershed protection efforts provide insight into the problems as well as solutions to today's water quality crisis.

In addition to illustrating the environmental implications of weather events, the special provides useful tips on how people can help make a difference. After the Storm explains simple things people can do to protect their local watershed-such as picking up after one's dog and recycling household hazardous wastes. It also shows how some communities and private companies are getting involved through low impact development - utilizing rain gardens and green roofs to minimize stormwater runoff.

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Originally produced by a grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, "A Fish's Wish" is a fun and interactive activity book that teaches kids about storm water pollution, polluted runoff, and how to limit water pollution. This workbook can be printed and distributed.