What Is Contributing to the Problem?
Human sources of bacteria in our waterways that cause disease or sickness in recreators can originate from a variety of common sources, including the following:
Leaking Sewer Pipes &
Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Leaking sewer pipes and sanitary sewer overflows release raw sewage into the environment. Common causes are blockages, line breaks, vandalism, sewer defects, and aging infrastructure.
Leaking/Failing Septic System
Residential septic systems leak/fail due to poor maintenance or design. Failing systems leak raw sewage into surrounding soil and can ultimately end up in nearby waterways.
Homeless encampments can lead to increased trash and human waste entering nearby waterways through bathing or direct deposition.
Illegal dumping refer to the disposal of trash or debris into waterways. These can include human waste contributions..
Illicit Connections/Illicit Discharges
Illicit connections or discharges refer to connections to the MS4 or discharges into the MS4 that are not authorized. These can include human waste contributions.
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High Priority Areas In The ULAR WMA
The LRS Adaptation Plan prioritizes outfall catchment areas under dry and wet weather conditions utilizing a risk-based GIS desktop analysis of receiving water and outfall water quality conditions, potential presence of sources of human waste, and hydraulic connectivity to receiving waters.