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2012 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report
Public Involvement for Water Quality

Each year, more and more people dedicate their time to protecting and restoring local surface water quality. 
Adopt-a-Stream chart  Storm Drain Marking chart 

Public Involvement for Water Quality
Each year hundreds of volunteers help protect and restore Charlotte-Mecklenburg's creeks and lakes.

Year-round, volunteers can participate in the Adopt-A-Stream and Storm Drain Marking programs. Storm Water Services also has two events: Big Sweep and Creek ReLeaf.

In Fiscal Year 2011, more than 500 volunteers marked storm drains with the message, "Do Not Dump, Drains to Creek." More than 1,100 volunteers agreed this past year to remove trash from local creeks and lakes through the Adopt-A-Stream program. Volunteer programs are required of the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and six surrounding towns through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, an element of the federal Clean Water Act.

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The trends shown in the State of the Environment Report are not all based on tests of statistical significance. Data analysis, anecdotal evidence, and best professional judgment have been compiled to represent these trends. The State of the Environment Report takes a snapshot of important environmental indicators in an effort to educate the public while highlighting challenges, successes and the general direction of change for each indicator. For additional information on these indicators and the determination of trends, please follow the links and feel free to contact the appropriate resources.

Last updated 4/16/12

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