At left: Upper Sheep Cave. Photo by Chuck Sutherland.
Oil and Grease includes a variety of substances including fuels, motor oil, lubricating oil, hydraulic oil, cooking oil, and animal-derived fats. The source of these substances are typically human derived. Oil and grease pollution can create chemical oxygen demand and reduce aquatic organisms’ ability to reproduce and survive. Though toxicity varies among different types of oils, refined oils are generally more toxic than crude oils.
Various hydrocarbons found in fuels can pose a wide range of human health problems, from affecting the liver, kidneys and blood to increasing the risk of cancer.
How To Help (And Who Can Help You)1. Allow for natural growth near waterways.2. Limit impervious surfaces.3. Plant a rain garden.4. Plan for a better future.5. Contact your representatives.6. Support your local watershed stewards.7. Spread the word.Ready To Make A Difference?Pledge to do one or more of these mitigation activities!