Coastal Trends (Northeast)
Did you know that the Northeast has the largest coastal population in the U.S.? As of 2003, more than 52 million people (34 percent of the U.S. coastal population) lived along the coast from Maine to Virginia, with some of the largest population increases expected around Washington, DC and New York City. A growing coastal population can also mean growing impacta on Northeast coastal ecosystems, and even if you don’t live right along the shore, your activities can affect water quality in the Region’s rivers and streams, which eventually lead to the ocean.
Viewer Tip: One of the easiest ways to reduce your impact is to make sure only rain goes into storm drains, which lead directly to local surface waters. Instead of hosing off your sidewalks and driveway, which can carry oil, antifreeze, and other pollutants into the storm drain, use a broom to clean up. Not only will you help prevent water pollution, but you’ll also save water.
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