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Toby's Water Warriors

Why is stormwater pollution a problem that we must be concerned about?

Pollutants picked up by storm water are discharged untreated into lakes and streams that we use for swimming, fishing, boating or wildlife viewing. Your friends like Toby can't survive in a dirty environment. Stormwater runoff is now considered the greatest source of pollution to Florida's lakes, streams and wetlands. Polluted stormwater runoff has many adverse impacts on surface water quality, aquatic plants and aquatic wildlife.

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Toby's Water Warriors: Remember Only Rain down the Drain! Never put anything down the stormdrain!

Did You Know?

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Excess nutrients in fertilizer, pet waste and yard waste (grass clippings, etc.) can cause algae blooms which reduce the amount of oxygen in the water. Fish and other aquatic life can't exist in the water without sufficient oxygen levels, and low oxygen levels often lead to fish kills and the inability for aquatic plants to grow.  

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Toxins in pesticides may kill native plants and animals. 

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Garbage, such as plastic bags and bottles, and cigarette butts , are washed into the lakes and streams which can choke or suffocate aquatic life such as ducks, fish, turtles and birds.  

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Dirt can cloud the water or cover the bottom of a lake or stream, and make it difficult for aquatic plants to grow and fish to breathe. 

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Bacteria and other harmful pathogens in stormwater runoff can make it unhealthy to swim, boat or fish in a lake or stream.  

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Household hazardous wastes such as used motor oil, paint, and pesticides can poison aquatic life. Animals and people can become sick from eating diseased fish and shellfish.  

Toby's Water Warrior Tuesdays!

It’s time for Toby’s Water Warriors Tuesday!

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Did you know that garbage, such as plastic bags and bottles, and cigarette butts that are left on the streets, are washed into the lakes and streams and can choke or suffocate aquatic life such as ducks, fish, turtles and birds?

Check back here or check the City of Lakeland's Facebook page every Tuesday for more!

“Let’s help keep Lakeland beautiful and litter-free!”