Rain may not seem like a likely culprit for many of Puget Sound's pollution woes. But on it's journey from sky to stream it picks up a host of toxics from our roofs, roadways, and yards. The end result is a toxic cocktail that spills into our waterways.
This report catalogs the challenges polluted stormwater poses for the Puget Sound region. The average-sized house sheds ten bathtubs full of water during a good sized drenching--meaning 26,600 gallons of toxic runoff gush into gutters and streams from one home each year.