Oklahoma receives money to stop nonpoint pollution

Oklahoma receives money to stop nonpoint pollution

 

One of the biggest reasons why people may want to consider using organic detox products is to help combat the effects of runoff or nonpoint source pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this type of pollution occurs when rain or melting snow travel across the ground, picking up natural and man-made toxins and depositing them into lakes, rivers and other bodies of water.

Recently, the EPA awarded Oklahoma more than $2 million to help reduce this pollution. According to NewsOK, these funds will support the Oklahoma Nonpoint Source Management Plan to reduce runoff toxins.

Tyler Powell, director of the environment secretary's office, told the news source that Oklahoma has led the way for a long time in the fight against runoff pollution, and hopefully these funds will help the state reduce the amount of toxins that are carried by rainwater to other states. The $2 million will be distributed among four different projects. More than $800,000 will be used to create retention cells that will keep phosphorous and sediment out of urban waters.

"Another $640,000 will be used for riparian protection in the Eucha/Spavinaw watershed in northeastern Oklahoma. Almost $432,000 will go to the priority watershed implementation projects for Eucha/Spavinaw, Illinois River and Honey Creek watersheds. The remaining $176,000 will be used for sediment and phosphorus load reduction and stream bank stabilization projects," according to the news source.

Environmental grant manager Gayle Bartholomew added that along with this $2 million, Oklahoma usually gets around $2.4 million in federal funding each year to help mitigate runoff pollution.

According to the EPA, this type of pollution is the main cause of water quality problems in most states and can pose a serious threat to wildlife.